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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Demand Media
Registry: Donuts
Registry Backend: Rightside
Type: Generic
Category: Industry
PIC Submitted: Download Here
Registrations: 5,654
Parked Domains: 3,412
Parked Domain %: 60.35 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 11 April 2014
General Availability: 16 July 2014

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.engineering is a proposed TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Donuts (Romeo Canyon).[1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 11 April 2014.[2]

The application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[3]

The warning states that the TLD refers to a regulated market but that the applicant has not provided for adequate measures to protect from consumer harm.[4]

Application Details

Many of Donuts' applications, including this one, seem to have been applied for using the same boiler-plate application in which the TLD is defined as a means of providing greater expression on the Internet and will be an open TLD without pre-registration policies. It notes its plans to adhere with all registration policies required by ICANN and its intent to have remediation and takedown policies clearly defined to fit within these requirements. Pre-registration verification will not be used and this as defined as causing "cause more harm than benefit by denying domain access to legitimate registrants." They intend to control abuse through "extensive user and rights protections."[5]

Contract Signed

On 06 March 2014, Donuts received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .engineering after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[6]

Delegation and Availability

.engineering was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 11 April, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]