|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Pitcairn Island Administration|
|Sponsor||Pitcairn Island Administration|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Pitcairn Islands|
|Actual use||Gets some use on the Pitcairn Islands and elsewhere|
|Structure||Registrations are made directly at the second level; there are also some third-level registrations, such as under second-level categories like .gov.pn and personal sites under firstname.lastname.pn (similar to .name)|
The top-level domain was the subject of a dispute in 2000, between islander Tom Christian—who had been delegated with management of the domain by ICANN—and the government of the island. The dispute was resolved by ICANN ruling that the domain be re-delegated to the Pitcairn Island Council.
An official .pn domain costs $100/year from the registry. There are relatively few sites using these domains, but examples include Academic Hosting (ac.pn), ESPN (es.pn), C-SPAN (cs.pn), and Groupon (gr.pn), which each use the domain for URL shortening services.
Subdomains under various two-letter .pn domains were offered as free redirections and as domain names by numerous providers. In August 2017, Free EU Hosting, one such provider, announced that due to reputation fears they will be discontinuing their popular eu.pn and me.pn subdomains and that they will eventually stop working, offering existing customers alternative subdomains.
The .pn domain is also used as part of a Lionsgate marketing campaign promoting the Hunger Games film series, presenting it as the "official" country code of the fictional nation of Panem, with domains for the Capitol (thecapitol.pn) and the rebellion (revolution.pn).
Second-Level Domain Name
- "Latest News and Important Updates - All .eu.pn/.me.pn websites might stop working soon". Free EU Hosting. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
- IANA .pn whois information
- .pn domain registration website
- ACADEMIC second level ac.pn domain registration website
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