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2017 is a big year for radio. The EBU is launching a new Top Level Domain (TLD) name .radio – for the radio community, which will progressively change the way people are reaching internet resources linked to radio.
.radio can be used for web and email addresses and will be managed by the EBU with the support of the other world broadcasting unions.
Exceptionally for the internet world, this project is a Community TLD, run for the benefit of the whole radio industry and amateur enthusiast and reserved for people and companies with active interest in the radio sector.
“The TLD will be focused on content and matters specific to radio and we want to prevent speculators and cybersquatting in this TLD; this extension will therefore rapidly become a high-value internet space for websites, mail systems and other internet applications.”
The following categories will be accepted for the use of a .radio domain:
The forecast timeline (which is subject to change) is as follows:
DETAILS OF THE PRE-LAUNCH AND LAUNCH
Managers of radio stations should request a .radio domain(s) during the pre-launch. The EBU believes radio stations should be the focus of this new space on the internet, and consider them as our highest priority. We are therefore working with ICANN* to provide radio station operators with a pre-launch specific phase, starting 3 May 2017 and strictly ending on 5 July, because this will grant priority over all other categories (even trademarks) for a period of 60 days.
If, for instance, a radio station and a web radio request the same domain, the radio station will be allowed to purchase it (providing it resembles the station name).
During this pre-launch phase, the process is not ‘first come, first served’. The .radio team will seek to optimize domain name allocation to solve contentious issues and prioritize existing radio services. The pre-launch is exclusively reserved for radio stations.
All other categories of applications from the sector will be managed during the launch period within a similar period of 60 days.
HOW TO REQUEST DOMAIN NAMES
To request a .radio domain, interested parties should contact us via our support department or contact your account manager.
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