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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Google
Date Implemented: 15 September 2014
Type: Brand TLD
Priority #: 329 - Google

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.cal is a delegated Brand TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.).[1] .cal was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 15th September, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]

Application Details

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

"Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to ICANN’s Registry Operator Code of Conduct and operate the proposed gTLD with Google as the sole registrar and registrant. The proposed gTLD will specifically align with Google Calendar, an existing Google product, and will provide users with improved capabilities that meet their diverse needs.

The specialization goal of the proposed gTLD is to provide a dedicated second-level domain space for a user’s or enterprise’s management of their Google Calendar. This specialization introduces a new domain name hierarchy that will generate new Google Calendar namespace, and provide for streamlined, internal Google management of the introduction and phase out of new or retiring products and⁄or services in the second-level domain.

This specialization offers Internet users Google services that will enhance their current and future experience with Google Calendar. Google will manage a process whereby users will be able to make use of unique vanity names in the gTLD; such second-level domains will only point to the Google offering. This provides users with a distinctive namespace as they develop and implement a unique, customized vision for their use of Google Calendar. Google strives to offer its customers leading edge tools that will not only enable them to better personalize their respective second-level domain content, but also spur further creativity and generate new options on the Internet. "[3]

Contract signed

On the 24th July 2014, Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .cal after passing the Initial Evaluation.[4]


.cal was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 15th September, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[5]