A Czech company has become the latest to say it will apply for a new top-level domain, but it’s got a unique twist – domain registration will be free.
The dotFree Group, based near Prague, says it will apply for .free and offer the domains free of charge.
.FREE is going to be a generic Top Level Domain, which is going to be available for free, as the name itself says. Individuals, companies, organizations, groups, etc. are going to be able to register their .FREE website under a desirable name.
Can: open. Worms: everywhere.
- How many registrars will actually want to carry this TLD?
- How will dotFree fund its ICANN application fee and ongoing running costs?
- Will there be a landrush? How will that work?
- Will there be an after-market? With a no-risk investment, .free would be a domainer’s paradise.
- How will the registry prevent rampant abuse by spammers?
- Are these guys serious?
I’ve got a call in, so maybe we’ll find out more soon.
The dotFree Group already offers free domain names at the third level under cz.cc, and sells a pricey script so anyone can become a “registrar”.
The company sounds like it already has the infrastructure to support a small TLD.There are apparently 50,000 .cz.cc domains registered today, which already makes it bigger than some gTLDs.
(Hat tip: @dotRadio)