.la

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Status: Active
country: Laos
Introduced: 1996
Manager: LANIC
Registry Provider: Dot LA Marketing Co.
Type: Open Use ccTLD
Website: https://www.la

The .la domain is an Open Use ccTLD, representing the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos). It was first marketed as a domain hack for businesses and news sites in the Los Angeles, California area in 2001.[1] In 2013, GoDaddy made a new marketing push for .la as a Los Angeles brand identifier, resulting in a small swell of interest.[2]

As of March 2021, the domain has approximately 175,000 active registrations.[3] Despite the "open" nature, some domains in use pertain to companies or institutions in Laos.[4]

References

  1. See, for example, this 2001 snapshot of the www.la site from the Internet Archive
  2. Domain Name Wire - 7000 .la domains registered at GoDaddy since June, October 16, 2013
  3. DomainTools.com - TLD Counts
  4. See e.g. this archive of public disclosures of companies listed on the Laos Stock Exchange.