Commercial geographic domain name ballot results released
perth.com.au the most sought after commercial geographic domain name according to auDA ballot
Melbourne, 19 August 2005 - perth.com.au was Australia’s most sought after commercial geographic domain name according to Chris Disspain, CEO of the .au Domain Administration (auDA).
As a result of a ballot of commercial geographic domain names conducted by auDA during the past two months, auDA received approximately 138 applications from businesses for perth.com.au, the highest number of applications received for any one name.
perth.com.au’s 138 applications were followed closely by cairns.com.au’s 132, margaretriver.com.au’s 127, canberra.com.au’s 93 and byronbay.com.au’s 92.
"Across Australia, many businesses applied for their preferred commercial geographic domain name," Mr Disspain said.
"We are pleased with the result. Australian businesses remain enthusiastic towards .au domain names and recognise the commercial imperative of ensuring a presence on the Australian Internet."
The twenty most popular names were:
The most popular name in each state and territory was:
ACT – canberra.com.au
NSW – byronbay.com.au
NT – darwin.com.au
QLD – cairns.com.au
SA – portadelaide.com.au
TAS – hobart.com.au
VIC – geelong.com.au
WA – perth.com.au
"In all there were nearly 10,000 applications for over 2700 commercial geographic domain names across Australia", Mr Disspain said.
For privacy reasons, auDA will not be publishing details of who the successful applicants were.
Successful applicants are required to pay a release fee of $825 plus the cost of registering the domain name. They will be contacted over the next couple of weeks by the domain name registrar through whom they lodged their application.
The money raised by the release fees will go towards the launch of community geographic domain names, which was scheduled for later this year. Community geographic domain names will be available to eligible not-for-profit, community-based organisations for registration in eight new second level domain names - one for each Australian state and territory - vic.au, nsw.au, qld,au, sa.au, wa.au, tas.au, act,au and nt.au.
.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is an Australian not-for-profit company vested with the responsibility of operating the .au domain for the benefit of all stakeholders.
In its role as manager of the .au domain, auDA carries out the following functions:
- develop and implement domain name policy
- license 2LD registry operators
- accredit and license registrars
- implement consumer safeguards
- facilitate .au Dispute Resolution Policy
- represent .au at ICANN and other international fora.
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