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Afilias goes it alone with .green as DotGreen bows out

Kevin Murphy, April 13, 2016, 17:54:22 (UTC), Domain Registries

DotGreen Community has withdrawn from its partnership with Afilias, leaving the registry operating the .green gTLD solo.

The new management means that renewal prices for sunrise names will be slashed, and the size of the premium names list will be reduced.

DotGreen was originally a .green gTLD applicant, but it withdrew its application before the auction, which Afilias subsequently won.

It made a deal with Afilias to run sales and marketing for the domains, with Afilias handling all the technical stuff. The plan was to use profits to help environmental causes.

But Afilias told its registrars in an email this week:

Unfortunately, DotGreen Community has informed us that it is no longer able to discharge these responsibilities, and has turned the sales and marketing responsibilities back over to Afilias.

The gTLD has a new logo and a new website at get.green.

Afilias said it will no longer charge a extra $50 for renewals of sunrise period names.

It also plans to revise its premium names list by November, and will probably reduce the size of the list, releasing names at regular registry prices.

.green domains haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves with DotGreen running marketing.

It went into general availability in March last year but only has about 2,200 names in its zone file.

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