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|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||LA Names Corporation|
|Sponsor||Lao National Internet Committee|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Laos|
|Actual use||Marketed as domain for Los Angeles|
|Registration restrictions||None; some names are reserved as "premium names" at extra cost|
|Structure||Registrations are taken directly at the second level|
|Documents||ICANN .la MoU|
Although the domain is officially assigned to the country of Laos, this domain network is attempting to associate themselves with the Los Angeles regional marketplace in Southern California. No official or unofficial association exists between the .la domain and any government in the United States (See .gov and .org).
The .la domain is also used for domain hacks in the French language, because là means "there" in French, and in other Romance languages. Mozilla Foundation's URL shortener uses it with the "mzl.la" domain hack.
The LA Names Corporation, based in Guernsey, has gained the rights to market .la registrations, and they had used the registry services of Afilias and, formerly, the registrar services of DreamHost. However, DreamHost has discontinued registrar services as of May, 2006. LA Names and CentralNic, Ltd. completed the transfer of the .LA domain name to the CentralNic system in 2007.
- Maierbrugger, Arno (10 July 2013). "Laos rents ‘.la’ Internet domain to Los Angeles businesses". Inside Investor. Archived from the original on 2013-07-14. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- http://www.nic.la redirects to https://www.la/. Page https://www.la/e/about uses the slogan The Internet Address For Los Angeles.
- National Portal of Lao PDR
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