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NYC picks Panama registrar for reserved names

Kevin Murphy, July 24, 2014, 12:46:58 (UTC), Domain Registrars

The City of New York is working with Panama-based registrar CCI REG to reserve government-related domains in the new .nyc gTLD, despite imposing residency requirements on registrants.

CCI REG director Gerardo Aristizabal tells us it has already handled over 100 registrations during the “City Government-Affiliated Reserve List” phase of .nyc’s protracted launch schedule.

While it’s not technically an exclusive deal, the registrar does appear to be the registrar of choice for the City.

Aristizabal says that he’s in the process of setting up a New York-based registrar to handle .nyc-related business in future.

But today CCI REG is incorporated in Panama and is perhaps best-known to DI readers for being one of .CO Internet’s launch registrars. .CO is now of course owned by Neustar, .nyc’s back-end.

The registrar operated my.co, which focused on the Colombian market. for .co. For .nyc, it’s operating at hellodotnyc.com.

It amuses me that the City of New York, which is also the contracted registry for the gTLD, would choose to use an overseas registrar, given .nyc’s restricted policies.

To buy a .nyc name during general availability, currently slated for October, you’ll need a New York mailing address.

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Comments (1)

  1. Kevin,
    We have been in the process of setting everything up in New York with a New York Corporation. But for the purpose of the City Gov phase, time was of the essence. Our provision of services for .NYC will transition to a US based Corp. We are part of the NYC EDC World to NYC program and that is what brought us to this opportunity.
    http://www.nycedc.com/program/world-nyc

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