.am

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This article is about the Internet domain. For the file extension, see Automake.
.am
Introduced 1994
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry AMNIC
Sponsor ISOC-AM (local chapter of Internet Society)
Intended use Entities connected with  Armenia
Actual use Still used largely in Armenia despite being marketed as global domain
Registration restrictions Some generic names reserved; registry reserves right to revoke registrations due to spam, obscenity, or other illegal or immoral activity
Structure Registrations permitted directly at second level
Documents AM TLD policy
Dispute policies UDRP
Website AMNIC
DNSSEC yes

.am is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Armenia.

Regulation[edit]

The registry for .am is operated by ISOC-AM,[1] the local chapter of the Internet Society.

Regulatory notes:

  • Any person in the world can register a .am, .com.am, .net.am, .org.am domain for a fee.
  • Each domain name is subject to review. Generally each review takes 2 or 3 working days.
  • Armenian law prohibits its domain names from being used for spam, pornography, or terrorism sites.[2]
  • The AM-NIC was moved over to IPv6 address compatibility in line with the global DNS system.
  • Unicode compatible names will not be instituted at AM-NIC until all issues related to IPv6 are resolved.

Usage in domain hacks[edit]

Domains within the .am ccTLD enjoy popularity due to the connection to AM radio (similar to the .fm and .tv ccTLDs), and the ability to form English words ending in "am" — e.g. the mobile photo sharing service Instagram uses the Armenian domain name Instagr.am. American music artist and producer Will.I.Am uses the domain for his website. Financial company J. P. Morgan also uses a .am domain to stand for "Assessment Management". Such unconventional usage of TLDs in domain names are called domain hacks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "isoc.am". isoc.am. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  2. ^ "AM Registration Guidelines, paragraph 1". Amnic.net. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 

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