The .Web Top Level Domain (TLD)

In 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers, accepted applications to create new Top Level Domains (TLDs). A TLD is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today. 1,930 applications for proposed new TLDs were filed. DotAnything.co will be featuring one perspective new TLD per week in our 10-week series on the most popular new TLDs.


October 7, 2013 - A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name.  For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today.  Today, there are just 22 generic Top Level Domains - like .COM and .BIZ - from which to choose when purchasing a domain name. In 2012, ICANN, the organization that oversees the Internet naming system, held an application round for the purpose of opening up the Top Level Domain system to new competitors and innovators.  Over 1,900 applications for new TLDs were filed during the historic 2012 application round for everything from .GAP and .BMW to .Web, .Site, .Web and .Buzz.  DotAnything.co will be featuring one new TLD per week in our 10-week series on some of the most popular new TLDs.

The .Web TLD

The .Web TLD is one of the most popular TLDs in the 2012 application round. In 2012, SEDO, a popular domain name marketplace, released its list of the top ten most valuable TLDs. Number two on the list was the .Web TLD.

The appeal of .Web domains is easy to understand.  Afterall, the Internet is commonly known as the 'web'.  A .Web TLD is intuitive, easy to understand, and innovative. 

The future of the .Web TLD

There were 7 applications filed in the 2012 ICANN application round from companies seeking to operate the .Web TLD. The table below provides a list of the 7 pending applications for the .Web TLD:

Priority Number Applicant
868Charleston Road Registry, Inc. (owned by Google, Inc.)
1750Schlund Technologies GmbH
1218Ruby Glen, LLC (a Donuts company)
632NU Dot Co LLC
946Web.com Group, Inc.
986DotWeb Inc.
1360Afilias Domains No. 3 Limited

About the Applicants


Charleston Road Registry

Charleston Road Registry, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google, Inc. Through its subsidiary, Google applied for a total of 101 TLDs, including .Web. If awarded the .Web TLD, Google intends to operate it as an unrestricted registry, meaning that domains within the .Web TLD would be sold to the general public. It remains to be seen whether Google will use the existing Distribution network (eg. Registrars like GoDaddy.com) to sell its domain names or whether Google will create its own Registrar platform.

Google applied for the following TLDs in the 2012 ICANN application process:

TLD
.ads TLD
.and TLD
.android TLD
.app TLD
.are TLD
.baby TLD
.blog TLD
.boo TLD
.book TLD
.buy TLD
.cal TLD
.car TLD
.channel TLD
.chrome TLD
.cloud TLD
.corp TLD
.cpa TLD
.dad TLD
.day TLD
.dclk TLD
.dds TLD
.dev TLD
.diy TLD
.docs TLD
.dog TLD
.dot TLD
.drive TLD
.earth TLD
.eat TLD
.esq TLD
.est TLD
.family TLD
.film TLD
.fly TLD
.foo TLD
.free TLD
.fun TLD
.fyi TLD
.game TLD
.gbiz TLD
.gle TLD
.gmail TLD
.gmbh TLD
.goo TLD
.goog TLD
.google TLD
.guge TLD
.hangout TLD
.here TLD
.home TLD
.how TLD
.inc TLD
.ing TLD
.kid TLD
.live TLD
.llc TLD
.llp TLD
.lol TLD
.love TLD
.mail TLD
.map TLD
.mba TLD
.med TLD
.meme TLD
.mom TLD
.moto TLD
.mov TLD
.movie TLD
.music TLD
.new TLD
.nexus TLD
.page TLD
.pet TLD
.phd TLD
.play TLD
.plus TLD
.prod TLD
.prof TLD
.rsvp TLD
.search TLD
.Web TLD
.show TLD
.site TLD
.soy TLD
.spot TLD
.srl TLD
.store TLD
.talk TLD
.team TLD
.tech TLD
.tour TLD
.tube TLD
.vip TLD
.Web TLD
.wow TLD
.you TLD
.youtube TLD
.ZIP TLD
.グーグル TLD
.みんな TLD
.谷歌 TLD


Schlund Technologies GmbH

Schlund Technologies GmbH only applied for one TLD. Schlund Technologies's application for the .Web TLD lists its parent company as InterNetX GmbH.  The contact listed on Schlund Technologie's application for the .Web is John Kane, Vice President of Corporate Services for Afilias. Afilias was listed on the Schlund Technologies application filed with ICANN as the proposed registry operator for .Web. However, Afilias also applied for the .Web TLD on its own, so Afilias is both the Registry Services provider for Schlund Technologies's bid for .Web, and Afilias is also a competitor for .Web.



Ruby Glen, LLC

Ruby Glen, LLC is wholly owned by Donuts, Inc. Donuts, through its subsidiary companies, has applied for more TLDs than any other company. Donuts, Inc. is a venture-capital funded company created solely to apply for new Top Level Domains. Backers include Austin Ventures, Adams Street Partners, Emergence Capital Partners, TL Ventures, Generation Partners, Stahurricane, Comerica Bank, and Columbia Partners Investment Management.

Donuts applied for the following TLDs:

TLD
.academy TLD
.accountants TLD
.agency TLD
.apartments TLD
.app TLD
.architect TLD
.art TLD
.associates TLD
.attorney TLD
.auction TLD
.audio TLD
.auto TLD
.baby TLD
.band TLD
.bargains TLD
.baseball TLD
.basketball TLD
.beauty TLD
.bet TLD
.bike TLD
.bingo TLD
.blog TLD
.boats TLD
.book TLD
.boutique TLD
.broadway TLD
.broker TLD
.builders TLD
.business TLD
.buy TLD
.cab TLD
.café TLD
.camera TLD
.camp TLD
.capital TLD
.cards TLD
.care TLD
.careers TLD
.cars TLD
.casa TLD
.cash TLD
.casino TLD
.catering TLD
.center TLD
.charity TLD
.chat TLD
.cheap TLD
.church TLD
.city TLD
.claims TLD
.cleaning TLD
.clinic TLD
.clothing TLD
.cloud TLD
.club TLD
.coach TLD
.codes TLD
.coffee TLD
.college TLD
.community TLD
.company TLD
.computer TLD
.condos TLD
.construction TLD
.consulting TLD
.contractors TLD
.cool TLD
.corp TLD
.coupons TLD
.cpa TLD
.credit TLD
.creditcard TLD
.cricket TLD
.cruises TLD
.data TLD
.dating TLD
.deals TLD
.degree TLD
.delivery TLD
.dental TLD
.dentist TLD
.design TLD
.diamonds TLD
.diet TLD
.digital TLD
.direct TLD
.directory TLD
.discount TLD
.doctor TLD
.dog TLD
.domains TLD
.eco TLD
.education TLD
.email TLD
.energy TLD
.engineering TLD
.enterprises TLD
.equipment TLD
.estate TLD
.events TLD
.exchange TLD
.expert TLD
.exposed TLD
.express TLD
.fail TLD
.family TLD
.fan TLD
.farm TLD
.fashion TLD
.film TLD
.finance TLD
.financial TLD
.fish TLD
.fitness TLD
.flights TLD
.florist TLD
.flowers TLD
.food TLD
.football TLD
.forsale TLD
.forum TLD
.foundation TLD
.free TLD
.fund TLD
.furniture TLD
.futbol TLD
.fyi TLD
.gallery TLD
.games TLD
.garden TLD
.gifts TLD
.glass TLD
.global TLD
.gmbh TLD
.gold TLD
.golf TLD
.graphics TLD
.gratis TLD
.gripe TLD
.group TLD
.guide TLD
.guru TLD
.haus TLD
.health TLD
.healthcare TLD
.help TLD
.hockey TLD
.holdings TLD
.holiday TLD
.home TLD
.hospital TLD
.hosting TLD
.hot TLD
.hotel TLD
.house TLD
.immo TLD
.inc TLD
.industries TLD
.institute TLD
.insurance TLD
.insure TLD
.international TLD
.investments TLD
.jewelry TLD
.juegos TLD
.kitchen TLD
.land TLD
.law TLD
.lawyer TLD
.lease TLD
.legal TLD
.life TLD
.lighting TLD
.limited TLD
.limo TLD
.live TLD
.living TLD
.llc TLD
.loans TLD
.love TLD
.ltd TLD
.luxury TLD
.mail TLD
.maison TLD
.management TLD
.market TLD
.marketing TLD
.mba TLD
.media TLD
.medical TLD
.memorial TLD
.mobile TLD
.money TLD
.mortgage TLD
.movie TLD
.music TLD
.network TLD
.news TLD
.now TLD
.online TLD
.partners TLD
.parts TLD
.pets TLD
.phone TLD
.photography TLD
.photos TLD
.pictures TLD
.pizza TLD
.place TLD
.plumbing TLD
.plus TLD
.poker TLD
.productions TLD
.properties TLD
.property TLD
.racing TLD
.radio TLD
.realestate TLD
.realty TLD
.recipes TLD
.red TLD
.reisen TLD
.rent TLD
.rentals TLD
.repair TLD
.report TLD
.restaurant TLD
.reviews TLD
.rocks TLD
.rugby TLD
.run TLD
.sale TLD
.salon TLD
.sarl TLD
.school TLD
.schule TLD
.search TLD
.security TLD
.services TLD
.shoes TLD
.Web TLD
.Webping TLD
.show TLD
.singles TLD
.site TLD
.ski TLD
.soccer TLD
.software TLD
.solar TLD
.solutions TLD
.spa TLD
.sports TLD
.storage TLD
.store TLD
.studio TLD
.style TLD
.sucks TLD
.supplies TLD
.supply TLD
.support TLD
.surgery TLD
.systems TLD
.tax TLD
.taxi TLD
.team TLD
.tech TLD
.technology TLD
.tennis TLD
.theater TLD
.tickets TLD
.tienda TLD
.tips TLD
.tires TLD
.today TLD
.tools TLD
.tours TLD
.town TLD
.toys TLD
.trading TLD
.training TLD
.tube TLD
.university TLD
.vacations TLD
.ventures TLD
.vet TLD
.viajes TLD
.video TLD
.villas TLD
.vin TLD
.vip TLD
.vision TLD
.vote TLD
.voyage TLD
.watch TLD
.Web TLD
.Website TLD
.wedding TLD
.wine TLD
.works TLD
.world TLD
.wtf TLD
.yoga TLD
.zone TLD
.企业 (enterprise) TLD
.商店 (Web or store) TLD
.娱乐 (entertainment) TLD
.游戏 (games) TLD


Nu Dot Co LLC

According to Jose Rasco, Manager for Nu Dot Co LLC, " .WEB is the most generic string of our new TLDs, so we see its application and use reaching a wide audience. This potential addressable market, combined with the short and memorable pronunciation are the reasons we plan to operate .WEB as an open TLD, with minimal registration restrictions (outside of our robust security and trademark protections). "

Nu Dot Co LLC applied for a total of 13 new TLDs in the 2012 application round, including the .Web TLD.

TLD
.web TLD
.tech TLD
.movie TLD
.LTD TLD
.LLC TLD
.law TLD
.inc TLD
.group TLD
.gmbh TLD
.design TLD
.group TLD
.book TLD
.app TLD


Web.com Group, Inc.

Web.com Group, Inc is one of the largest Registrars with over 3 million customers. Web.com is the owner of Register.com as well as Network Solutions, LLC, the oldest ICANN accredited registrar.

Web.com Group, Inc. only applied for one TLD.



DotWeb Inc.

DotWeb Inc. lists Directi on its application as one of its shareholders. According to Sandeep, Ramchandani, Business Head at Radix, "The .web TLD will be globally inclusive, giving those who missed out on their .com first-choice names a second chance to obtain a high-quality name on a truly global TLD similar to .com. We aim to create generic appeal on the scale of .com, except with far more diversity in the user base."



Afilias Domains No. 3 Limited

Afilias Domains No. 3 Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Afilias, operator of the .Info TLD.  According to Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias, "After much work from many people around the world, it's exciting to be mere weeks away from seeing the results of the New gTLDs Program finally come to fruition. The expansion of gTLDs ushers in new levels of safety and security while shrinking the number of counterfeiters and crooks that plague the Internet today. With the expansion of strings also comes an expansion in the number of communities that will find a unique home on the Internet, whether related through common interests or love of common brands."





What's Next for the .Web Applicants


All applicants for the .Web TLD have now passed the Initial Evaluation phase of the new TLDs application process. Additionally, there were no formal disputes filed during the ICANN Dispute process against any of the .Web applications, although a lawsuit was filed against ICANN to prevent the delegation of the .Web TLD to any of the existing applicants on the basis of prior Trademark rights, but the lawsuit has been dismissed.   According to Jose Rasco, Manager of Nu Dot Co LLC, one of the 7 applicants for the .Web TLD, "The group of applicants is collectively waiting out all the ICANN delays. As a group, we haven’t really reached any consensus on how to resolve contention prior to an ICANN auction of last resort. I have spoken to some other applicants that are interested in a consolidated effort, but nothing has been finalized."





 

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