21 Dec '15, 6am

.phone will be restricted after Dish gTLD auction win

.phone will be restricted after Dish gTLD auction win Kevin Murphy , December 21, 2015, 06:51:55 (UTC), Domain Registries The new gTLD .phone is going to be tightly restricted, after Dish DBS won the contested string at auction. The American satellite communications firm beat Donuts to the gTLD, judging by Donuts’ withdrawal from the two-horse on Friday. This means that if you’re not a licensed telecoms or voice-over-IP service provider, you won’t be able to register a .phone domain, at least at first. Dish originally applied for .phone as what became known as a “closed generic” — a non-trademark, dictionary word that would nevertheless be operated as a dot-brand, with a single eligible registrant. Due to Governmental Advisory Committee advice against such business models, Dish changed its application this September to describe .phone instead as a “controlled” gTLD. Its ap...

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