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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Google
Registry: Charleston Road Registry Inc.
Registry Backend: Google Corporation
Type: Generic
Category: Technology
Priority #: 857 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
Registrations: 2
Parked Domains: 1
Parked Domain %: 50.0 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 15 September 2014
General Availability: N/A

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.zip is a TLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.).[1] .zip 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:

"The proposed gTLD will provide the marketplace with direct association to the term, ʺzip,ʺ which is often colloquially used to refer to a zip drive, a device used for digital storage. The mission of the proposed gTLD, .zip, is to provide a dedicated domain space in which registrants can enact second-level domains that relate to digital storage offerings and information or provide storage or other services. This mission will enhance consumer choice by providing new availability in the second-level domain space, creating new layers of organization on the Internet, and signaling the kind of content available in the domain. Charleston Road Registry believes that registrants will find value in associating with this gTLD, in particular those companies that offer cloud storage services, including major high tech and telecommunications players. This assertion is supported by industry data: IDC projects that global cloud computing revenue will reach over $70 billion by 2015 [Source: http:⁄⁄www.idc.com⁄prodserv⁄idc_cloud.jsp].

Charleston Road Registry believes that given its wide variety of uses, the .zip gTLD will best add value to the gTLD space by remaining totally open and unencumbered by registrant restrictions. There will, therefore, be no restrictions on second-level domain name registrations in the proposed gTLD, .zip.

Charleston Road Registry will make access to Registry Services, including the shared registration system, available to all ICANN-accredited registrars. Domain names within the proposed gTLD will be available to the general public for registration and use.

Charleston Road Registry is committed to implementing strong and integrated intellectual property rights protection mechanisms. Doing so is critical to Google’s goals of model Internet citizenship and fostering Internet development, especially in emerging regions. Accordingly, Charleston Road Registry intends to offer a suite of rights protection measures, which builds upon ICANNʹs required policies while fulfilling our commitment to encouraging innovation, competition and choice on the Internet."[3]

Name Collision Issues

In October 2013 ICANN released their final assessment and mitigation plan for the Name Collision issue that was facing the New gTLD program. On 18 November 2013, ICANN announced the applied-for strings that were eligible for an alternative path towards delegation that would allow applicants to proceed without waiting for further mitigation research and plans to be published. 25 strings, including .zip, were not eligible for the alternative path, and will have to wait for more plans to be published before continuing towards delegation.[4]

Contract Signed

On 8th May 2014,Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .zip after passing the Initial Evaluation.[5]


.zip was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 15th September, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[6]