Closed domain zones

Started by zoesmith01, Oct 05, 2022, 03:23 AM

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Are there any closed domain zones?
New TLD, in which there was an open registration and which went bankrupt, ceasing to exist. Ie, there was a domain and suddenly it was gone, along with domain zone.


Both companies (including large ones - Microsoft) and individual Internet users began to speak out against the registration of closed general-purpose domain name zones.
Most of the experts, in particular, representatives of Microsoft, believe that companies have the right to make closed only those zones that contain the names of their brands.

General-purpose domain name zones, on the contrary, should be open, that is, their owners should provide second-level domain registration services to other users.
Applications for closed domains of general importance are proposed to be canceled, and applicants are asked to reimburse all costs associated with domain registration.
The idea of closed domain names allows companies, in fact, to monopolize an entire industry on the Internet. Which bank, for example, will refuse to become the one and only for users? Domains are always a limited resource, but accessible to everyone. It is important to keep this principle in the new domain names that will appear.

Henri O`neill

Back in the already distant 2012, this question was opened by large companies from Europe - is there any point in creating closed domains, and how they will affect the health of the Internet. In fact, there are many such domain zones now, but at the same time they are strongly condemned, and they interfere with business - why create a zone that will somehow be assigned to a certain business or product line? By the way, in 2015-2016, most of these domain names were sold at general auctions and now 80% have been abolished.


I came across the news the other day about a serious drop in sales in the .io domain zone in 2022. In quantitative terms, sales fell by 6 times, in monetary terms – by 8. And this fact has quite a logical explanation. All sites sitting on .io domains, strain!

The bad news here is that the domain zones of the countries are subject to deletion in the event of a change in the name or legal status of the territory. And there have already been such precedents. Here are examples of remote domain zones:

.an - domain zone of the Antilles before the islands gained partial or complete independence from the Netherlands;
.bu - the domain zone of Burma before the country was renamed Myanmar;
.cs - domain zone of Serbia and Montenegro before the collapse;
.dd - the domain zone of the GDR before the merger with the FRG;
.tp - domain zone of Portuguese Timor before independence;
.um - domain zone of the American Outer Small Islands, cancelled at the request of the administrator;
.yu - domain zone of Yugoslavia before the collapse;
.zr is the domain zone of Zaire before the country was renamed Congo.

The io domain zone is likely to face the same fate. And the process of removing the io domain zone is already being actively discussed.
Of course, there is a possibility that it will not be canceled after all. But practice shows that the probability of a successful outcome for the .io domain zone is low here.