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Status: Delegated
country: International
Date Implemented: 21 March 2015
Type: Generic
Category: Technology
Priority #: 142 - Uniregistry, Corp.
535 - Dot Tech LLC
778 - STRAAT Investments (NU DOT CO LLC)
1598 - Donuts (Lone Moon, LLC)
1623 - Top Level Domain Holdings
1788 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)

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.tech is a delegated TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. After an ICANN auction that occurred in September 2014, Dot Tech LLC became the only applicant for the TLD. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 21 March, 2015.[1]

Current Applicant

  1. Dot Tech LLC

Previous Applicants

  1. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.- confirmed that it has filed for the .tech TLD on its own behalf.[2] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  2. STRAAT Investments- the parent company of .co Internet also applied with ICANN to become the registry operator of the TLD. It is one of the 13 new gTLDs applied for by the company. [3]
  3. Donuts (Lone Moon, LLC), on of 307 TLDs applied for by Donuts. This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  4. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
  5. Uniregistry, Corp.- Domainer Frank Schilling's company applied for 54 TLDs.[4]

TLDH & $15mm Auction Funding

On February 26 2013, Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. announced that it had entered into a funding agreement worth $15 million to be used in the case of auction for a specific unnamed TLD. The investor will not receive ownership of the TLD but a share of future revenues. TLDH did not name the TLD that the funds are directed for, and it is in 11 head to head contentions and 12 featuring more than one contender.[5]

ICANN Auction

In one of the first few public ICANN auctions to occur for the New gTLD Program that officially launched in 2012, Dot Tech LLC won the rights to the string over the other applicants, who withdrew their applications as a result.

The auction occurred 17 September 2014, along with two other ICANN auctions for .buy and .vip. The winning price was $6,760,000 US Dollars. Unlike Private auctions, the winning price will not be split among the losing applicants, but will be held by ICANN and used towards a non-profit charity that is yet to be clarified.[6]