.Radio Top Level Domain Name Ready for Launch

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After four years of preparation, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) recently announced that it is launching a new Top Level Domain (TLD) name  – .radio – for the radio community.  Last year, the EBU was recognized as the organisation to administer the .radio TLD in consultation with other organizations including the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Association of European Radios (AER).

According to the EBU, the new TLD is expected to 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.

“We are proposing that the radio community may like to consider securing the integrity of their web presence by requesting appropriate .radio domains for defensive reasons initially,” says the EBU’s .radio TLD Manager Alain Artero.

“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.”

Some of the categories that will be accepted for the use of a .radio domain include:
• Radio broadcasting stations
• Unions of Broadcasters
• Internet radios
• Radio Amateurs
• Radio professionals (journalists, radio hosts, DJs, …)
• Radio-related companies selling radio goods and services
The EBU states that it is working with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (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.
In order to request a .radio domain, interested parties are encouraged to contact a registrar providing it has signed an agreement to sell .radio domains or the EBU directly which will act as a reseller.
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