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The '''Lao National Internet Center (LANIC)''' is the sponsoring organization for the .la [[ccTLD]], representing the Lao People's Democratic Republic (commonly known as Laos).<ref>[https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/la.html IANA Root Database - .la]</ref> It also manages the [[IDN|internationalized]] domain for Laos, .ລາວ.<ref>[http://www.iana.org/reports/2020/xn--q7ce6a-report-20200110.html IANA Delegation Report - .ລາວ], January 10, 2020.</ref> The organization provides administrative and technical registry functions.

==History==
In 1996, management of the .la domain was initially delegated with a specific employee within the Lao government as the administrative contact.<ref name="redel">[https://www.iana.org/reports/2002/la-report-11dec02.html IANA Redelegation Report - .la], December 11, 2002</ref> After forming LANIC in 2002, the government of Laos requested and was granted redelegation of the .la ccTLD.<ref name="redel"> As part of that effort, LANIC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN.<ref>[https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/minutes-2002-09-17-en#MOUforlaccTLD ICANN Board Minutes - Special Meeting of the Board], September 17, 2002</ref> LANIC joined the [[ccNSO]] in 2019.<ref>[https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-03apr19-en.htm ccNSO - .la joins the ccNSO], April 3, 2019.</ref><ref>[https://ccnso.icann.org/en/applications/archive/msg00381.html ccNSO Applications Archive - .la], March 23, 2019</ref><ref>There is a [https://ccnso.icann.org/en/applications/archive/msg00060.html much older application] for ccNSO membership, from just after the formation of the ccNSO in 2003, that does not appear to have been accepted at the time.</ref>

==.la and .ລາວ==
The .la domain is an [[Open Use ccTLD]]. It has been marketed as a "location hack" for "Los Angeles, Latin America or Louisiana" since late 2000.<ref name="redel" /> In 2013, GoDaddy became involved in a similar marketing effort, this time specific to Los Angeles.<ref>[https://domainnamewire.com/2013/07/08/la-gets-godaddys-marketing-power-to-help-brand-domain-for-los-angeles/ Domain Name Wire - .la gets GoDaddy's Marketing Power], July 8, 2013.</ref> During that renewed marketing effort, the Phoenix Suns NBA franchise registered "beat.la," as a prelude to the playoff series between themselves and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014.<ref>[http://beat.la/ Beat.la]</ref><ref>[https://domainnamewire.com/2013/08/15/beat-la-gets-about-100k-pageviews-in-two-weeks/ Domain Name Wire - Beat.la gets about 100,000 pageviews in two weeks], August 15, 2013</ref>

The .ລາວ domain completed the [[IDN Fast Track]] evaluation process in 2018,<ref>[https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/string-evaluation-completion-2014-02-19-en ICANN.org - Completed Fast Track String Evaluations]</ref> and was delegated to LANIC on January 10, 2020.<ref>[http://www.iana.org/reports/2020/xn--q7ce6a-report-20200110.html IANA Delegation Report - .ລາວ], January 10, 2020.</ref>

==References==
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