.бг

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бг
.БГ
TLD type internationalized country code top-level domain
Status Rejected by ICANN
Intended use Entities connected with Bulgaria
Actual use Not yet introduced
Registration restrictions Intended for Cyrillic domain names only;[1] no firm policy yet defined.
DNS name xn--90ae

The domain name бг (abbreviation of Bulgarian: България, Bălgarija) was a proposed internationalized country code top-level domain (IDN ccTLD) for Bulgaria.[1][2] The ASCII DNS name of the domain would be xn--90ae, according to rules of the Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications procedures.

It has been rejected by ICANN twice, due to its visual similarity to .br, and the three-letter substitute .бгр will most likely be proposed next.

History[edit]

  • On 24 October 2007, UNINET, a Bulgarian association announced the intent to submit an application for creation of the .бг domain.
  • On 18 May 2010 ICANN rejected the proposed domain on the grounds of visual similarities with the Brazilian ccTLD domain br.[3] In June 2010 the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Alexander Tsvetkov confirmed in a radio interview that Bulgaria would file a second request for the same domain. Disapproval of the domain would mean lower interest and usage of Bulgaria's alternative IDNs than currently expected.[4]
  • On 10 January 2011 the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications organized a round-table between all interested parties, where all agreed to continue with the application for .бг A poll has shown that .бгр has the second highest support, after .бг.[5]
  • In March 2011 ICANN rejected .бг a second time.[6] Bulgarian authorities have gone ahead discussing other Cyrillic domains.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bulgaria moves to register Cyrillic Internet domain, Reuters, 23 June 2008; accessed 24 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b Bulgaria moves to register Cyrillic Internet domain, email from Dessi Pefeva to ICANN's At-Large mailing list, 24 June 2008; accessed 24 September 2008.
  3. ^ Bulgaria's Cyrillic Internet Domain Name Request was Turned Down, Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication, 19 May 2010; accessed 19 May 2010.
  4. ^ (Bulgarian) Министър Цветков иска контрол върху информационните сайтове, DarikNews.bg, 26 June 2010; accessed 14 July 2010.
  5. ^ Bulgaria to Make Another Push for 'бг' Cyrillic Web Domain, Novinite.com, 14 January 2011; accessed 18 January 2011.
  6. ^ ICANN Snubs Bulgaria's Cyrillic Internet Domain Name Again
  7. ^ MEP SLAMS BULGARIAN GOVT FOR FALLING BEHIND WITH CYRILLIC INTERNET DOMAINS