• Internet Empowerment Resolution

last modified March 25, 2014 by tomlowenhaupt

The foundation document for Connecting.nyc Inc.'s operation was the April 19, 2001 Internet Empowerment Resolution passed by the city of New York's Queens Community Board 3.

10 Anniversary Commemoration

April 19, 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the Internet Empowerment Resolution's passage by Queens Community Board 3. Connecting.nyc Inc. celebrated the occasion by providing an update on the progress that had been made. See the Queens Community Board 3 presentation.


Seated, Board Chair Grace Lawrence, Thomas Lowenhaupt, left, Richard Knipel, Wikimedia Foundation-NY.






































Internet Empowerment Resolution

The following resolution was passed by Community Board 3, Queens,
the City of New York, on April 19, 2001.


Domain Names:

Every computer on the Internet has a telephone-like number, e.g., And if you want, you can give it a name like aol.com, yahoo.com, or mydarlingcomputer.com. These Internet names or "Domain Names" provide a friendly face to the underlying complexity. That is, aol.com instead of

The Domain Name System (DNS):

The domain name system (DNS) is a set of rules, set in computer software, that translates Internet names, e.g., aol.com, into the Internet numbers. It determines the size and appearance of the names that can be used on the World Wide Web.

Top Level Domains (TLD):

.COM, .GOV, .EDU, .ORG, .NET, .MIL, and soon .NYC


For a people to be independent and self-governing, they must control the basic communication tools of the society they inhabit.

As we enter a time where most person-to-person, person-to-group, business, and government communication takes place over the Internet, an independent, vibrant, self-governing community must control the fundamental elements of that communication network. Domain names are a key part of that control.

In 1984, a contractor working on an experimental communications project for the U.S. Defense Department, created several top level domains (called TLDs) to help differentiate distinct Internet uses. Six names were issued:

  • .mil for use by the U.S. military
  • .gov for all other U.S. government units
  • .com for commercial organizations
  • .org for non profit organizations
  • .net for those offering network services
  • .edu for educational organizations
Additionally, beginning in 1984 "country codes" have been issued for use by nation-states, e.g., .US for the United States, .CA for Canada, .UK for the United Kingdom, .RU for Russia…

If we can gain control of the .NYC domain for the residents of New York City, we will be Internet empowered, and receive benefits like:
  • Revenue - How much is the hotels.nyc domain name worth? Tours.nyc, shows.nyc, schools.nyc Licensing these .nyc domain names could raise tens of millions of dollars.
  • Marketing Power - Imagine the ease of selling our city to prospective residents, tourists, and businesses with websites like: jobs.nyc, shows.nyc, hotels.nyc, officespace.nyc, etc.
  • Quality of Life - Imagine navigating the Internet using .nyc. Want a library? Go to library.nyc and find links to the QBPL, NYPL, Carnegie Library Visit schools.nyc and link to our public schools, our private schools, universities, etc And you'll find a local business far easier searching in .nyc than on the global .com web.
The .NYC domain will enable us to shape our existence using domain names like:

Schools.nyc Shopping.nyc Corona.nyc Plays.nyc Conventions.nyc Jobs.nyc Events.nyc Banks.nyc Museums.nyc Hotels.nyc Tours.nyc Officespace.nyc Libraries.nyc Government.nyc

Additionally, having a Top Level Domain name for our city will put us on par with other global cities that have Top Level Domain names: Singapore (.SG), Hong Kong (.HK), the Vatican (.VA), and Los Angeles (.LA) - note: Los Angeles uses the domain name originally issued to Laos.


Having a .NYC TLD will make our community more governable, provide opportunities for small businesses, raise city revenue, and make navigating the Internet easier for our residents, prospective tourists, and businesses.

Therefore, we recommend that the U.S. Department of Commerce facilitate granting the .NYC Top Level Domain to the city of New York's Commission on Public Information & Communication or another broad based public interest organization. Copies of this resolution are to be sent to our city, state, and federal elected officials.



For the original resolution as passed by Community Board 3, see this page.

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