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Revision as of 12:33, 26 June 2012

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Status: Proposed
country: Russia
Manager: Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies

and Infrastructure Development (FAITID)

Type: IDN TLD
Key People
Dmitry Burkov, Chairman
Matvey Alexeev, CEO

.москва (Russian translation for .moscow) is a proposed new IDN geographical TLD to ICANN's new gTLD expansion program. The application for the .москва IDN TLD was submitted by the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID), a non-profit organization established in 2011 to develop and implement initiatives to increase the use of Internet in Russian communities and internationally. [1]

The .moscow (.москва) Project

In 2010, Coordination Center for TLD RU (CC for TLD RU) initiated the .moscow (.москва) project and recommended the creation of a special Community Council to handle the applications for the proposed TLDs with ICANN. The center submitted its official proposal to develop the .moscow (.москва) TLDs to the different government agencies in Moscow. [2]

One of the leading newspapers in Moscow, the Moskovskiy Komsomolets launched a survey on its website to determine if the project is supported by its constituents from September 2 to October 1, 2010. The project was supported by thousands of individuals, businesses as well as government agencies in the city. [3] The Moscow Department of Culture and Moscow Department of Support and Development of Small and Middle Entrepreneurship (DSDSME) supported the recommendation of the CC for TLD RU to create a Community Council to supervise the application for the TLDs. In 2011, the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITD) was established and took-over the responsibilities to manage the .moscow (.москва) project. [4] [5]

FAITID introduced the .moscow (.москва) Project during the 2010 RIPE NCC Moscow Regional Meeting, [6] ICANN 40 Meeting in San Francisco, [7] ICANN 43 Meeting in Costa Rica, [8] and during various internet events, conferences and international domain forum.[9]

Application to ICANN

FAITD selected Sedari, a TLD business management service provider to help prepare the application for the TLDs with ICANN. FAITID Board Member Dmitry Burkov expressed his confidence to the Sedari management and cited the company's knowledge and expertise on TLD's and ICANN procedures. He said, "Implementation of any TLD is a complicated project with many issues to resolve. That’s why we’ve chosen Sedari as our strategic international partner for .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА. Sedari management has the experience and industry knowledge on ICANN that makes us confident the company is familiar with all the procedures of the corporation, in particular related to new TLDs. Together with Sedari we’ll make the project for Moscow top-level domains successful giving Russian users more choice in the domain name space." [10]

On April 12, 2012, the foundation confirmed that its application for the ..москва and .moscow TLDs had been submitted to ICANN and paid $185,000 for each application. FAITID also said that the standard price for registration fee for every domain name will be set at 600 Roubles (20$). [11]

Supporters

As of May 2012, there are 17,666 supporters for the .moscow (.москва) project. Letters of endorsements were received from the following government agencies and officials in Moscow:[12]

  • Moscow Department of Support and Development of Small and Middle Entrepreneurship
  • Moscow Department of Culture
  • Minister of Moscow Government Artyom Ermolaev
  • Moscow Government
  • Department of Information Technology of Moscow
  • Coordination Center for TLD RU
  • Russian Association for Electronic Communications

References