Web hosts offer .ASIA domains

Web hosting providers, including Go Daddy and Hostway, announced on Monday they will begin accepting registration today for the new .ASIA top-level domain via The DotAsia Organization, a not-for-profit, community based organization that is the registry for the .ASIA domain.

The Sunrise period for .ASIA, which starts today, is divided into three phases including the acceptance of applications for governmental reserved names, registered trademarks and service mark holders, and for companies in the region to use their name with the .ASIA domain. After the initial Sunrise Period, November 13, 2007 to January 15, 2008 will be devoted to organizations with registered names such as companies.

The final Landrush period is scheduled to begin in February 2008 and is available for anyone meeting the charter eligibility requirements. There will be a closed auction held for all competing applicants in the case of more than one valid application for domains during the Sunrise and Landrush periods. A first-come, first-served registration process for the .ASIA domain is set to begin in March 2008.

The .ASIA tld is dedicated to the Asia community, which is defined by ICANN as Asia, Australia and Pacific regions, and includes 73 countries. While anyone can register for .ASIA domains, the Charter Eligibility Declaration of the applied domain must represent a legal entity in the .ASIA community in order to qualify. A legal entity may be a person or a juristic entity, such as a corporation.

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