.alsace

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Status: Delegated
country: Alsace, France
Registry Provider: AFNIC
Registry: REGION D ALSACE
Registry Backend: AFNIC
Type: GeoTLD
Priority #: 1020 - Government of Alsace
nTLDStats
Registrations: 1,989
Parked Domains: 815
Parked Domain %: 40.98 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 04 October 2014
General Availability: 07 April 2015

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.alsace is a geographical TLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The successful applicant is the Alsace Region.[1] It does not appear to have geographic registration restrictions included in its application.

.alsace was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 4th October, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]


Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question # 18:

"The geographic gTLD .alsace features as part of the global strategy established by the President of Alsace Regional Council. The aim of the project is to reinforce regionʹs economic attractiveness, to assert its regional identity in order to promote the region and thereby to increase the national and international visibility of its institutions, business and cultural life.

The development of Alsace as an attractive territory needs to be clearly anchored in a strong regional identity and in the perception of that identity by regional stakeholders and external partners. This is why in 2010 Alsace Regional Council decided to create the concept of a shared brand that would be supported by all the public and private institutions in the region. Alsace is one of the first regions in France to make such a progressive move. It is being implemented as a participative, global project. Consequently, we believe that the .alsace gTLD is a strong symbol and the most relevant tool to reflect our determination, convey the Regionʹs image and culture and help federate the regional economic actors around this symbol.

Is the world looking for Alsace? Letʹs help it to us! The .alsace gTLD will increase the global visibility of the future .alsace domain name holders on the internet. They will be able to assert themselves clearly as Alsatian, which is not possible with existing generic extensions.

The .alsace gTLD as a major driver of the popularity of the Alsace Region

First of all, owning a site with the .alsace extension is a way of promoting Alsace. Alsace is border region located in the centre of Europe, on Franceʹs eastern border and on the west bank of the Upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, with the Vosges mountains forming a natural border on the Western side. Because of its historical and geographical background, Alsace is a clearly identified region in Europe. The political, economic and cultural capital as well as the largest city in Alsace is Strasbourg, and the fact that the latter is the seat of numerous international organisations and bodies make Alsace one of the politically most important regions in the European Union.

Presentation of Alsace: Alsace is a cultural, historic and administrative region of France. Neighbouring Germany and Switzerland, it is situated in the upper Rhine valley, at the heart of the European megalopolis which stretches from London to Milan, in whose development process it shares. It is a densely populated region. With 1.8 million inhabitants, it presents a demographic density (219 inhabitants per km²) more than twice the average density in France. Its positive demographic makes it a young region compared with the other regions of France. Alsace is also the offspring of its history. Its French culture is deeply rooted in the cultural history of the former German and Austrian empires. And though the French language is commonly used, the Alsatian dialect still finds a place in every day conversations. As it therefore enjoys a dual culture and is, to all intents and purposes, bilingual, it is in essence a region open to the rest of the world. This international outlook also finds its counterpart in the economic arena. The fourth largest export region in France, companies funded by foreign capital employ nearly 40% of the salaried population of Alsace. The excellence of its higher education establishments, particularly Strasbourg University, which has won two Nobel prizes over that last 25 years, makes Alsace a major region in terms of research in Europe and the rest of the world. It welcomes more than 8,000 foreign students, nearly 2,200 of them doctoral or post-doctoral. Alsaceʹs place in Europe and the rest of the world also bears the stamp of Strasbourgʹs singular vocation as ʺCapital of Europeʺ. The seat of three major institutions of European democracy – the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights – Alsace is deeply attached to the Rhineland humanism which nurtured its history. More than thirty international institutions can be found here, including the International Space University, the Franco-German television broadcaster, ARTE, the EUROPOL and SCHENGEN computer centres, the Human Frontier Science Program, etc. This international involvement extends to the presence in Strasbourg of nearly 40 consular representations. Finally, the quality of its landscapes, the vestiges of its history and its cultural life, which manifest themselves in the urban planning of its cities and the architecture of its villages, earned it the accolade of being listed in Lonely Planetʹs top ten tourist destinations in 2010. Proud of its history and traditions, Alsace is resolutely open to the world and ready to conquer its future. The Alsace brand will embody its qualities and use .alsace to carry it forward into the immense world of the internet.

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Alsace Region Council has decided to apply a policy of relatively high pricing in order to ensure the self-sufficient operation of the extension. The amount of the charge will not rise, but will probably be reduced. The price will not be modified in the next three years unless objectives on volume are not met, in which case the Region will decide to lower the charge to make the extension more attractive. The reduction in the rate will be passed on to all domain holders as from their renewal date after such a decision."[3]

Contract signed

On the 2nd July 2014, the Alsace Region received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .alsace after passing the Initial Evaluation.[4]

Delegation

.alsace was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 4th October, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[5]

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