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.gov TLD quietly changes hands

Kevin Murphy, April 26, 2021, 12:43:45 (UTC), Domain Registries

The .gov TLD used exclusively by governmental entities in the US has quietly changed managers.

On Friday, the IANA records for .gov changed from the General Services Administration to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

It was not unexpected. CISA announced the move in March.

But it’s less clear how the change request was handled. The ICANN board of directors certainly didn’t have a formal vote on the matter. IANA has not released a redelegation report as it would with a ccTLD.

CISA intends to make .gov domains more widely available to agencies at the federal, state, city and tribal level, and reduce the price to free or almost free.

Verisign currently manages the technical aspects of the domain, for $400 per domain per year.

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Comments (1)

  1. Michael Palage says:

    Promises made promises kept, “.gov domains will be available at no cost for qualifying organizations beginning today.” see https://home.dotgov.gov/2021/4/27/a-new-day-for-gov/

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