Premium Name Extravaganza
GRS Registry has announced that they intend to have a premium price release. The release is expected to begin on October 1st, 2019 and over the course of a couple days, however the Registry has yet to release their full plan. They anticipate to include 16 gTLD’s. CSC will continue working with the Registry and internally to gather more information, ensure domain manager is properly set up, and communicate updates as they become available.
Donuts will be having a premium pricing event that is anticipated to begin at 17:00 UTC November 1st, 2019 this is considered to be the Quiet Phase. Re-Pricing will occur at 18:00 UTC November 1st , the Reporting Phase begins at 17:00 UTC November 2nd and November 5th 17:00 UTC the Domain Release will start. Roughly 250,000 Donuts premium names will drop in price, and over 840,000 premium domains will move to standard pricing. CSC is still actively preparing for this release and will provide more information in the next coming weeks as we continue to work with the registry to become order ready.
The Newest TLD Arrives
Google Registry announced the launch of their latest gTLD, .new. Registration will follow the standard Google policy, which requires domains to have SSL certificates in order for domains to resolve. Google added .new to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list, which means that secure connections will be required for live sites.
In addition to the standard security requirement, .new domains must be used for “action generation or online creation flows” (Action Domain Requirement). For example, a domain such as domain.new must lead to a site for registering a new domain. Navigation or redirection must lead directly to this action step, unless user credentials are required for login first. The registry is allowing a 100 day grace period following registration to implement the Action Domain Requirement, as long as the domain does not resolve during this time.
The Sunrise phase for eligible trademark holders will begin October 15, 2019, and run through January 14, 2020. Domains will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sunrise applicants will be exempt from the Action Domains Requirement as long as the domain remains registered to the initial Sunrise registrant and the domain does not resolve.
A Limited Registration phase follows the Sunrise phase. The Limited Registration phase runs from January 14, 2020, through July 14, 2020. During this phase, interested applicants must submit their applications with a clearly described intended use case for the domain. Domain allocation during this phase will be at the registry’s discretion.
Domains will be available for general registration at the conclusion of the Limited Registration phase. CSC will continue to provide additional information on the details and requirements for registering a .new domain in each available phase. For more information, or to express interest, please contact your Client Service Partner.
The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.
Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)
|Extension||Start Date||Order Entry Deadline||First-come First-served (FCFS)||Registry|
|Sunrise Registration Phase|
|.xn--qxa6a .ευ||15-Nov-2019||TBD||Yes||EURid vzw/asbl||.Bond||14-Oct-2019||14-Nov-2019||Yes||Shortdot SA.|
|Limited Registration Phase|
|.Rugby||17-Jan-2018||31-Oct-2019||Yes||World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited|
|.Rugby||5-Nov-2019||4-Nov-2020||Yes||World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited|
|Sunrise Registration Phase (Release of Blocked names)|
|.Vegas||1-Aug-2019||30-Oct-2019||Yes||Dot Vegas, Inc.|
The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.