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­­New York, ­­­­­City-Hall.JPGFebruary 12, 2009 - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today that New York City will seek the acquisition of the .nyc TLD.

Speaker Quinn said:

While we look to cut spending, we’ll keep our eyes open for any new sources of revenue. Here’s one that’s been right in front of us for years. Web sites end with dot com, dot org, dot this and dot that.

Thanks to the leadership of Council Member Gale Brewer and Deputy Mayor Bob Leiber, New York City will soon have its own place on the web – with dot NYC.

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Mark Twain famously advised “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Well now we can make more New York addresses – just on the internet! A local business won’t have to outbid a guy in Kansas to get Tony’s Pizza dot com. They’ll be able to get Tony’s Pizza dot NYC, a name associated with the greatest city – and home of the greatest pizza – in the world.

Most importantly, we expect to generate millions of dollars a year through the sale of web addresses ending in dot NYC.  ­(See the full speech here.) ­

While we’re delighted that the city has come aboard, t­he Speaker’s first and last sentences are somewhat troubling and we are watching out that Manhattan is not again sold for a few beads. Easy to imagine in these troubled economic times.­

Our latest initiative on a civic opportunity e­nabled by a thoughtfully developed .nyc is entitled Traditional Neighborhood Names. Take a look.

We look forward to continuing our work with the city council and administration to assure that the .nyc TLD is developed in the public interest, availing ourselves of short term opportunities while providing for the long term needs of our city.

For those new to the issue, we suggest reading Toward City-TLDs in the Public Interest for some overview. And if you have thoughts or questions, enter them here or through our wiki.   

Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.­­

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Filed February 12th, 2009 under Comparative Evaluation, City Council, Oversight, Civics, Governance

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