hotel-de-ville.jpg­June 25, 2008, Paris - When Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Rissika announced at the Hôtel de ville de Paris (Paris’ City Hall) that the City of Lights was taking steps to reorganize itself for the digital age using the .PARIS TLD (like .com, .org, and .us, but just for Paris), the audience erupted in applause.

Among the 1,000+ participants that jammed themselves into the former bastion of Kings to celebrate the 32nd meeting of the ICANN (the organization that responsible for issuing names like .paris and .nyc) was Tom Lowenhaupt, founding director of CnI. Mr. Lowenhaupt congratulated Sebastien Bachollet, president of Internet Society France and initiator of the .paris effort.

As the celebrants enjoyed the delicious food and magnificent facility, Lowenhaupt continued a discussion with Amadeu Abril i Abril, former ICANN board member and initiator of the .cat TLD (serving the needs of the Catalonian culture), about ways global cities could coordinate the development of their TLDs.

Filed June 26th, 2008 under Competition, .paris
  1. We wish you the very best in your efforts to secure Dot-NYC. We at NuMedia Concepts, LLC would enjoy the company of Dot-NYC domainers. The addition of Dot-NYC would secure a city domain space on both the East Coast and West Coast of the United States. Dot-LA has been in existence under the current registrar for Greater Los Angeles for about five years. The current registrar is LA Names Corporation. Visit http://www.www.la/ to learn more about LA Names Corporation.

    One of the challenges that we see regarding city domains is getting the larger players to accept this trend. For instance, Google has been operating their Dot-LA domain site at http://www.google.la/ with “Laos” under the right-hand side of it’s logo for quite some time even though Dot-LA has been licensed for Greater Los Angeles for several years and the fact that ICANN approved this licensing arrangement. Surely, a certain percentage of individuals that are visiting our site are also visiting Google.LA out of their curiosity for this domain space only to be confused by Google’s use of the term “Laos” on their Dot-LA site. You might want to get assurances that companies acquiring domains in Dot-NYC to protect their trademarks be required to use those domains in order to help that domain space grow and to avoid any confusion that might arise should the domain be used in a negative manner.

    Regarding Southland.LA, we at NuMedia own over 200 Dot-LA city domains in the Greater Los Angeles Area linked to Southland.LA (a.k.a. Greater Los Angeles). We also own several international Dot-LA city domains and various premium domains. We believe the recent announcement by ICANN is just another evolutionary step in the development of the Internet and a validation of the vision demonstrated by LA Names Corporation five years ago.

    Comment by Southland.LA on July 9, 2008 at 12:53 am

  2. I’ve read the advantages you cite on your Home page of this website and I’d like to add one more item to that list - geographical searches.

    City TLDs have a potential advantage over other TLDs that many people are not aware of , e.g. search. Many search engines have advance features that allow you to search entirely within a particular domain space, e.g. domains with a particular extension. Take Yahoo for example. If you go to WWW.YAHOO.COM and type in “site:.ext” in the search box and click the “Enter” key or click on the “Web Search” button with your mouse, you will get search results only with that extension. If you wish to refine your search to a particular keyword (which most of us will want to do when performing a search), you would also add a keyword, e.g. “keyword site:.ext” and you will notice that your search results will include websites that pertain to the desired keyword in that particular domain space.

    Let’s take Yahoo’s search engine for a spin using the Dot-LA domain space. Go to WWW.YAHOO.COM and type in “cars site:.la” in the search box and then hit the “Enter” key or click on the “Web Search” button with your mouse and see what results you get.

    It’s been our experience lately that Yahoo’s search engine provides superior results to that of Google’s search engine when performing this type of search within the Dot-LA domain space.

    We believe that City TLDs have tremendous potential for geographical search. In time, as City TLDs become more common and company’s such as Yahoo develop a web presence in these domain spaces, we believe search engines will be designed to simply such searches so you won’t have to type in “site:.ext”. For instance, Yahoo could provide radio buttons titled “Search .NYC Sites” and “Search Entire Web”.

    We hope you find this comment useful. We also hope that this type of information is used to further the adoption and development of City TLDs.

    Kind Regards,

    Raymond Marshall
    NuMedia Concepts, LLC

    Comment by Southland.LA on July 15, 2008 at 1:34 am

  3. Tom,
    You are doing a great service for New York City.
    Keep up the good work.

    Alex Smirnow
    Arlington, VA

    Comment by Archer on July 17, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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