.online

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Status: EAP
Registry: Radix
Registry Backend: CentralNic
Type: Generic
Category: Technology
Priority #: 197 - Radix (DotOnline Inc.)
640 - Namecheap Inc.
740 - Donuts (Bitter Frostbite, LLC)
1038 - WhatBox? (Dot Online LLC)
1378 - I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland
1602 - Tucows
nTLDStats
Registrations: 771,195
Parked Domains: 492,460
Parked Domain %: 63.86 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 16 March 2015
General Availability: 26 August 2015

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.online is a delegated TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 16 March, 2015.[1] It entered EAP on August 19, 2015. [2]


Applicants

Current Applicant

  1. Radix (DotOnline Inc.), one of 31 TLDs sought after by the company

Former Applicants

  1. Tucows - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  2. Namecheap Inc.
    • It was announced in March 2013, that the above applicants had formed a "team of rivals" to go after the .online TLD. "The three companies each bring significant capital to the table to launch and operate the .online registry. They bring a wealth of experience and capabilities, from registry management to wholesale distribution to retail service. Perhaps most importantly, they bring enormous global reach. Between their wholesale and retail operations, Directi, Tucows and Namecheap combined reach over 40 million small businesses and other hosting customers around the world."[3] Tucows subsequently withdrew their individual application in an apparent move to back one of the other two applicants in their team.
  3. I-REGISTRY Ltd. - Failed initial evaluation, due to financial responses; requested and passed extended evaluation.[4][5]
  4. WhatBox? (Dot Online LLC)
  5. Donuts (Bitter Frostbite, LLC), one of 307 applications submitted by Donuts.[6] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

Radix

Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.[7]

Private Deal

Radix won the rights to the string in a Private auction that was conducted in November 2014. Radix formed a new joint venture with former applicants Tucows and NameCheap in order to win the private auction and run the new gTLD.[8]

References

  1. Delegated String, ICANN.org Retrieved 17 Mar 2015
  2. [1] Dot Online Starts EAP Today. Retrieved 19 August 2015
  3. Domain Industry Veterans Team run, Finance.yahoo.com Published Mar 27 Retrieved Mar 28 2013
  4. 104 New gTLD Passes One Failure Three Withdrawals, domainincite.com Published 7.27.13
  5. Application Status, ICANN.org Retrieved 06 Nov 2013
  6. Online Status, ICANN.org
  7. RadixReg. GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 27 Nov 2012
  8. Another 11 New gTLDs Won at Auction DomainIncite; By Kevin Murphy; Retrieved 13 Nov 2014