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Status: Proposed
Type: Generic TLD
Category: Technology
Priority #: 530 - Amazon
1065 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)

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.dev is a generic top level domain name (gTLD) that was delegated to the DNS Root Zone in ICANN's new gTLD expansion program on 18 December 2014. Sunrise (trademark holder) registrations start on 2019-01-16, followed by an Early Access Program (descending-price auction) starting on 2019-02-19, and then General Availability on 2019-02-28.

Current Applicant

  1. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)- This is one of the 101 new gTLDs filed by the company.[1]

Previous Applicant

  1. Amazon- The company has applied for 76 new gTLDS, including .dev, through its office in Luxembourg.[2]

Amazon Withdraws

Amazon withdrew their application for the .dev TLD in July 2014 after an assumed private deal or auction that left Google as the only applicant for the string. Google also won .drive in the same month against Amazon, while Amazon became the sole applicant for .you and .talk after Google withdrew.[3]

Name Collision Issues

In October 2013 ICANN released their final assessment and mitigation plan for the Name Collision issue that was facing the New gTLD program. On 18 November 2013, ICANN announced the applied-for strings that were eligible for an alternative path towards delegation that would allow applicants to proceed without waiting for further mitigation research and plans to be published. 25 strings, including .dev, were not eligible for the alternative path, and will have to wait for more plans to be published before continuing towards delegation.[4]