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Introduced 1997
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA)
Sponsor Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA)
Intended use Entities connected with  Christmas Island
Actual use Used for a wide assortment of sites, mostly not in Christmas Island
Registration restrictions None
Structure Registrations can be made directly at second level; some third-level names exist for Christmas Island sites such as governmental sites in .gov.cx
Documents Registration agreement
Dispute policies Dispute policy; CoCCA dispute policy
Website nic.cx

.cx is the country code top-level domain (TLD) for Christmas Island. It is administered by Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA), a community-owned non-profit company which also provides Internet service to the island's residents.

The TLD was formerly administered by Planet Three Limited, a company with offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, which went bankrupt and ceased operations, voluntarily transferring management to CIIA (called Dot CX Limited at the time). The local (shire) government of Christmas Island endorsed the transfer, but the Commonwealth of Australia (which has international authority over Christmas Island as an external territory) did not immediately approve it. Australia has since published a Memorandum of Understanding which recognizes CIIA as the legitimate manager of .cx.

The domain achieved a certain degree of notoriety when it was used for the shock site goatse.cx, to the point the CIIA was forced to take down the website following complaints by Christmas Islanders.[1]


  1. ^ Miller, Garth (January 12, 2004). "Notice Regarding AUP Complaint Version 1.1 (redacted)" (PDF). Christmas Island Internet Administration. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 31, 2004. 

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