Proposed top-level domain

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There are several proposed top-level domains that have not yet been submitted to or approved by ICANN, as of 2008.

Location-based[change | change source]

Further information: GeoTLD

Language and community[change | change source]

These proposals are centered on creating an independent internet identity for linguistic and cultural communities. They are mostly inspired by the success of the .cat domain created for websites in the Catalan language or about the Catalan culture.

Domain name intended use sponsor year of proposal comments
.bzh Breton language and Brittany www.bzh A point level domain for Brittany 2006 A campaign is organized in Brittany to support the request of creation of the .BZH. The campaign's website gives information about the status of the proposal and the organization behind and mostly holds a petition for the creation of the domain. As of August 2008 there are over 17,000 signatories.
.cym Welsh language and Wales dotCYM.org 2006 Mentioned in BBC News Online: Wales on the web may become .cym, Adrian Browne, 17 November 2006
.eng England dotENG.org 2008 The dotENG.org website was set up by John Sewell of Maidenhead in Surrey. Mentioned in PC Pro Online: Campaign begins for .eng domain, Stuart Turton, 23 April 2008
.gal Galician language and Galicia PuntoGal 2006 Several companies and institutions are involved in this campaign, including the autonomous government, Xunta de Galicia.
.lli Leonese language and Leonese culture puntuLLI 2007 Several companies, associations, organisations and institutions are involved in this campaign.
.Quebec Quebec Pointquebec 2008 The operationpoint-qc.org website is an initiative of Daniel Turp, at that time, a member of the National Assembly of Quebec.[1] Presently Quebec is allocated the subdomain ".qc.ca", similar to other Canadian provinces.
.scot[2] Scotland, The Scots Community of Interest online, Scottish culture and Scotland's languages dotSCO.org 2005 dotSCO began in late 2005 and has been campaigning to built support for a new TLD from among the Scots community around the world. The campaign was publicly launched at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament's cross-party group on the Scots language by Davie Hutchison and Euan McCreath
.ker Cornish language and Cornwall (Kernow) in general Cornish World Magazine[3] 2008
.bcn City of Barcelona 2008
.eus Basque language PuntuEus association 2009 University professors, scientifics, several companies and institutions are involved in this campaign, including the autonomous government, Eusko Jaurlaritza and the Basque Language Academy, Euskaltzaindia.

Children[change | change source]

.kids is a top-level domain that has been proposed by several entities. So far, none of these proposals (other than the second-level .kids.us domain) have come to fruition.

Applications for a .kids domain have included:

Blueberry Hill Communications, Inc.[4] Blueberry Hill is a domain name registration and hosting company in California. Neustar and Melbourne IT would subcontract operation of registry servers; registrars selected under same criteria and process currently imposed by ICANN. The .kids proposal would not rely on objective criteria for categorizing content.
DotKids, Inc.[5] DotKids, established in 2000 in Rosemont, Illinois intends to utilize SARAF Software Solutions Inc. for software development of a .kids registry. DotKids would deal only with ICANN accredited registrars; content rating information is to be retained in the registry and is to describe ratings for an entire site.
ICM Registry, Inc.[6] ICM Registry requested the .xxx and .kids TLDs as an integrated solution for improving child safety on the Internet by implicitly attempting to restrict content across both TLDs and targeting a narrow registrant group. Original intent was a for-profit .xxx registry and a non-profit .kids registry. The .xxx domain portion of this proposal has since been rejected, largely due to US government objections.
.KIDS Domains, Inc.[7] .KIDS Domains is a California for-profit corporation; the proposed registry operator is Toronto-based domain name registrar Tucows Inc and .KIDS would be a restricted TLD. .KIDS Domains therefore does not intend to allow other registrars to register domain names in the .kids TLD.

The European Parliament has also proposed .kid for websites designed for children.[source?] It would be monitored by an independent authority.

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