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'''.vegas''' is a proposed new [[GeoTLD]] to [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD expansion program]], the application was submitted by [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] with the support of the city of Las Vegas. The name was applied for as a [[GeoTLD]], which includes obtaining the respective government support, but ICANN deemed that the term in question does not in fact refer to a geographic area as defined by its standards. The ruling was made by the [[Geographic Names Panel]], and has no necessarily overt, negative repercussions for the application.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/12166-told-you-so-four-new-gtlds-given-geographic-surprise-others-given-a-pass Told You So, Four New gTLDs Given Geographic Surprise Others Given a Pass, DomainIncite.com] Published and Retrieved 7 Mar 2013</ref>
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'''.vegas''' is a proposed new [[GeoTLD]] to [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD expansion program]], the application was submitted by [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] with the support of the city of Las Vegas. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 31 March 2014.<ref name="delegation">[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegated Strings, ICANN.org] Retrieved 15 April 2014</ref>
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The name was applied for as a [[GeoTLD]], which includes obtaining the respective government support, but ICANN deemed that the term in question does not in fact refer to a geographic area as defined by its standards. The ruling was made by the [[Geographic Names Panel]], and has no necessarily overt, negative repercussions for the application.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/12166-told-you-so-four-new-gtlds-given-geographic-surprise-others-given-a-pass Told You So, Four New gTLDs Given Geographic Surprise Others Given a Pass, DomainIncite.com] Published and Retrieved 7 Mar 2013</ref>
    
==Background==
 
==Background==
   
There was initially contention between different companies that were seeking the approval of the city of Las Vegas in order to apply and run the .vegas registry; the endorsement of the city associated with the TLD is required by [[ICANN]]. [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] started preparing its proposal for the .vegas TLD in 2007. Its application with ICANN was evenutally supported by the Las Vegas City Council, the City of North Las Vegas,  Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Development Authority, and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. <ref>[http://www.dotvegas.com/blog/las-vegas-city-council-selects-dot-vegas-inc-%E2%80%99s-application-of-vegas-as-top-level-domain/ LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL SELECTS DOT VEGAS, INC.’S APPLICATION OF .VEGAS AS TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN]</ref> [[Greenspun Corp.]], operator of Vegas.com also sought approval for the .vegas gTLD. [[Brian Greenspun]], Chairman & CEO  of the company questioned the endorsement of the Las Vegas City Council to Dot Vegas Inc. According to him, his company was willing to offer the city a better revenue-sharing agreement. He said, the "The city could do better than that at $1 per registrant."<ref>
 
There was initially contention between different companies that were seeking the approval of the city of Las Vegas in order to apply and run the .vegas registry; the endorsement of the city associated with the TLD is required by [[ICANN]]. [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] started preparing its proposal for the .vegas TLD in 2007. Its application with ICANN was evenutally supported by the Las Vegas City Council, the City of North Las Vegas,  Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Development Authority, and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. <ref>[http://www.dotvegas.com/blog/las-vegas-city-council-selects-dot-vegas-inc-%E2%80%99s-application-of-vegas-as-top-level-domain/ LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL SELECTS DOT VEGAS, INC.’S APPLICATION OF .VEGAS AS TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN]</ref> [[Greenspun Corp.]], operator of Vegas.com also sought approval for the .vegas gTLD. [[Brian Greenspun]], Chairman & CEO  of the company questioned the endorsement of the Las Vegas City Council to Dot Vegas Inc. According to him, his company was willing to offer the city a better revenue-sharing agreement. He said, the "The city could do better than that at $1 per registrant."<ref>
 
[http://www.lvrj.com/news/council-endorsement-for-vegas-doman-questioned-83527582.html Council endorsement for .vegas domain questioned]</ref> Greenspun's application was supported by Clark County. The company offered a $1.50 revenue share to the county for every registered domain name or 10 percent of the yearly gross revenue.<ref>[http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/04/19/rival-las-vegas-bids-for-vegas-sees-city-v-county/ Rival Las Vegas Bids for .VEGAS Sees City v County]</ref> Commissioner Steve Sisolak believed that Clark County should also earn revenue from the TLD. He said that he offered a partnership agreement with the Las Vegas City government to share the revenue that will be generated from the TLD but the proposal was rejected by Mayor Oscar Goodman. This prompted him to encourage his fellow commissioners from Clark County to support Greenspun's application for the .vegas string.<ref>[http://www.lvrj.com/news/county-backs-vegas_com-for-web-domain-84529522.html Decision pits county against city on '.vegas']</ref>
 
[http://www.lvrj.com/news/council-endorsement-for-vegas-doman-questioned-83527582.html Council endorsement for .vegas domain questioned]</ref> Greenspun's application was supported by Clark County. The company offered a $1.50 revenue share to the county for every registered domain name or 10 percent of the yearly gross revenue.<ref>[http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/04/19/rival-las-vegas-bids-for-vegas-sees-city-v-county/ Rival Las Vegas Bids for .VEGAS Sees City v County]</ref> Commissioner Steve Sisolak believed that Clark County should also earn revenue from the TLD. He said that he offered a partnership agreement with the Las Vegas City government to share the revenue that will be generated from the TLD but the proposal was rejected by Mayor Oscar Goodman. This prompted him to encourage his fellow commissioners from Clark County to support Greenspun's application for the .vegas string.<ref>[http://www.lvrj.com/news/county-backs-vegas_com-for-web-domain-84529522.html Decision pits county against city on '.vegas']</ref>
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==Contract Signed==
 
==Contract Signed==
 
On 16 January 2014 [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .vegas after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries-date Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 22 Jan 2014</ref>
 
On 16 January 2014 [[Dot Vegas Inc.]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .vegas after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries-date Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 22 Jan 2014</ref>
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==Delegation and Availability==
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.vegas was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on 31 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.<ref name="delegation"></ref>
    
==References==
 
==References==

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