Blog » .nz domains could be coming soon
The Domain Name Commission, a non-profit society that co-ordinates the development of the Internet in New Zealand, is proposing to start allowing anybody to register domain names at the ‘second level’. That means for example that this website could have the address sww.nz instead of sww.co.nz. The DNC are currently at the stage of consulting with the public to give the public an opportunity to have their say
before any decisions are made about extending the second level.
According to the DNC website the key features of the .nz proposals include:
- Registration of .nz domain names could be at the second or third levels on an ongoing basis.
- Existing second level domains (such as .co.nz) will remain and continue to be supported.
- There will be no impact on any currently registered .nz domain names.
- Registrations at the second level will be on a “first come, first served” basis, except during the Sunrise Period and where there are currently multiple registrations of the same name in different second level domains.
- The Sunrise Period will be a designated window, where existing .nz domain name holders (registrants) can register their domain name/s at the second level if they are the only one that has that name at the third level.
- If two or more domain name holders have the same name at the third level, no-one will be able to register that name at the second level unless they obtain the consent of the other third level name holders. Alternatively, if all agree, it could become a second level domain instead.
- A temporary amendment to the Dispute Resolution Service Policy to cover sub-domains of generic domain names registered at the second level.
What does this mean for existing NZ website owners?
If the proposal takes effect, there will be a ‘Sunrise Period’ of a few months where holders of existing nz domains will have the the oppertunity to register their domain at the second level. In the case where there are multiple competing third level domains (e.g. myname.co.nz, myname.net.nz, myname.org.nz), the proposal is that consent would be required from the other parties before one of the domain holders could register the domain at the second level. If consent is not possible then no one would be able to register that domain at the second level.
You can read more about this proposal at the DNC website or view the consulation paper.
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