Los Angeles, CA — (SBWIRE) — 08/22/2013 — On Friday, August 16, 2013, the new domain extension .College had its initial evaluation approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. .College is an easily adaptable, unrestricted domain extension for academic institutions, education-related services, corporations and students who are seeking an online presence. As the first extension of its kind, .College opens the door to new opportunities and innovation online.
Until now, the domain extension .edu has been the standard for academic institutions. However, since .edu is a restricted extension, it only offers one domain for each postsecondary institution accredited by the US Department of Commerce. As a result, .edu does not allow for the full spectrum of education-based services to establish an internet presence. There are many online programs, individual university departments, and separate colleges that currently do not qualify for .edu domain names.
As the first unrestricted education-oriented domain extension, .College will be the solution to the growing global education market. In 2012 alone, online education grew by nearly 7%. As more and more students and academic programs turn to the internet, they need a domain extension that fits their evolving needs.
When registering a .College domain name, users will not be held to any specific accreditation requirements, and there will be no restrictions in the number of domain names they are able to obtain. While other new domain extensions are not relevant to academic organizations and services, any type of user can register an instantly recognizable, authoritative .College domain name for their specific needs.
.College is the second domain extension introduced by XYZ.COM LLC, the new registry behind the already-approved extension .xyz. XYZ.COM LLC was founded by Daniel Negari, a leading entrepreneur in the domain space, who is dedicated to furthering ICANN’s belief in a unified global internet. Like .xyz, .College offers users flexibility and choice when selecting a domain name.
With .College’s initial evaluation approved by ICANN, it now joins the ranks of .xyz as one of the leading new unrestricted domain extensions to launch in 2014. .College will be released in stages, beginning with an extended institution-exclusive registration period, in order to accommodate the unique scheduling of education organizations and .edu domain name holders. The subsequent Sunrise and Landrush Periods will open registration to trademark holders, as well as online education services, international schools, and any other individuals or organizations interested in a .College domain name.
.College is the logical next step for education-based users worldwide. Read more about .College at XYZ.COM/College, and follow .College on Facebook and Twitter for updates. For media inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About XYZ.COM LLC
XYZ.COM LLC is led by Founder Daniel Negari, a visionary Internet entrepreneur with years of experience in the domain name space. Located in Carson City, NV and Beverly Hills, CA, XYZ.COM is a registry operator that is bringing new unrestricted domain extensions, including .xyz, .College and .Now to the internet.
XYZ.COM is currently accepting preregistration requests for .xyz and .College domain names at XYZ.COM and XYZ.COM/College. Under ICANN’s application process, .xyz has been issued a prioritization of #1458 and .College was issued #1621. Both unrestricted extensions will be available in 2014. Institutions and trademark holders will have the opportunity to register their .xyz and .College domain names in the sunrise periods, followed by advanced registration without trademark requirements. The final stage of registration will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis to the general public.
CentralNic, one of the world’s pioneering domain registries with over 16 years of experience, will operate the registry back-end services for .xyz and .College. Registrars who have already added .xyz and .College on their watch lists include GoDaddy.com, Enom, and Network Solutions. Other registrars who are interested in carrying .xyz and .College should visit XYZ.COM/registrars and XYZ.com/College/registrars for more information.