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Introduced Not officially introduced; proposed in 2004
TLD type Generic top-level domain
Status Registry Agreeent signed
Registry dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG
Sponsor dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG
Intended use See article
Actual use Not in use yet
Registration restrictions Unknown
Structure Registrations would be taken directly at second level
Documents ICANN registry agreement
Dispute policies UDRP
Website dotBERLIN

.berlin (dotBERLIN) is an approved new top level domain (TLD). It is a community-based Sponsored top-level domain and intended to be a top level domain for Berliners.

According to the dotBERLIN organization .berlin will allow all Berliners to register their domains under .berlin [1]

Along with TLDs such as .cat, .asia and .eu, .berlin and other proposed TLDs fall into the new category of GeoTLDs. The issue of new top level domains in general and .berlin in particular has been discussed at various ICANN-Meetings since 2005.[2][3]

A rationale offered by proponents of the .berlin proposal is as follows:

.berlin is the independent top-level domain of the community of Berliners in the Internet. The local addresses available with this are concise and create an identity for citizens, companies and institutions. Those providing and looking for information, goods and services can thus intuitively come together. The .berlin domains strengthen the feeling of community amongst Berliners, improve communication and make interaction easier, thus providing a stimulus for innovation and development. Both for Berliners and for non-Berliners, places called Berlin become more attractive as a place to visit, as a commercial location and as a place to live.[4]

On October 31, 2013, dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG signed a registry agreement with ICANN for .berlin.[5] Managing director of dotBERLIN is Dirk Krischenowski.

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