|Registry Provider:||NIC Mexico|
|Registry Backend:||NIC Mexico|
|Date Implemented:||09 January 2015|
|Priority #:||113 - ECOM-LAC|
|Parked Domain %:||52.49 %|
|Delegation:||09 January 2015|
|General Availability:||01 August 2015|
.lat is a TLD delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program. ECOM-LAC manages the TLD and is its Registry. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 09 January, 2015 and was opened for general registrations on 01 August 2015.
Excerpted from Response to Question #18:
"Internet continues growing day by day, touching more and more people every day. This means that internet users need to identify and differentiate themselves, even beyond their own region, in an effort to reflect their identity in their cultural, social and business activities.
In response to this need, in recent years we have seen the advent of some new top level domains such as: ‘.biz’, ‘.info’, ‘.name’, ‘.travel’, ‘.mobi’, and notably the regional identity TLDs – ‘.eu’, and ‘.asia’ and cultural identity domains such as ‘.cat’ . These two latter domains, offer their registrants the option of registering domain names that enable them to establish a regional or cultural identity in the Internet, in comparison with, for example, a national identity obtained by registering their domain names under a country code top level domain (ccTLD).
With the purpose of responding to the need of choice, and to give latino individuals and organizations from all over the world a new choice to identify themselves with the rest of the internet, eCOM-LAC and NIC Mexico have partnered together to participate in ICANN’s New gTLDs Program and apply to obtain the delegation of a new top level domain for latinos: .LAT
.LAT is easily recognizable and has intrinsic meaning as oriented to latinos and has the potential to serve as a virtual space that brings together the diverse actors that make up the latino community."