• City-TLD Basics

last modified February 2, 2017 by tomlowenhaupt

As the Internet becomes ever more central to commercial, community, and cultural life, those who understand its capabilities, have high speed access, and digital skills will thrive. In 2014 .nyc and 35 other city-TLDs were activated. These are beginning to provide New Yorkers and these other cities with the opportunity to shape the way the Internet serves the needs of their residents and organizations. This wiki presents development ideas and experiences of .nyc and other city-TLDs.


For a decade people asked "When can I get a .nyc domain name?" Answer: Go get 'em: 85+ thousand have been sold as of October 2015.

(Commons clocks photo courtesy of bip.)

From the director's fingertips.


Monthly Focus

Each month we focus wiki contributors on pages that clearly need improvement. Here are three such pages:







Our effort here presumes this generation's Internet decisions are the 21st century's parallel to the canal, reservoir, subway, and airports decisions of our ancestors.

Our organization was formed in 2006 to advocate for a city-friendly Internet where a carefully planned and managed .nyc TLD would enable its residents and visitors to locate and use city resources within a safe environment. ­(See our Advantages of the .nyc TLD page details the benefits the .nyc TLD will bring.)

There are more than 250 pages on this wiki. A few inspire, some are outdated or stubs (unfinished). Here are some favorites:

  • The Voter Page - Describes how voters.nyc will engage residents in a civic network.
  • dotNeighborhoods - On how neighborhood names - e.g. JacksonHeights.nyc, Soho.nyc, Harlem.nyc, etc - will provide the basis for great local communication.
  • Toward City TLDs in the Public Interest - A White Paper on city-TLDs and global cities.
  • The Flushing Community - Because it's funny, and maybe $2,300,000,000 real.  
  • City Growth - Tracing city growth from outpost, to county, to the five boroughs, and perhaps a regional City of Trust.
  • City-TLD Visions - Some beautiful, some strange.
  • At-Large Structure - A newish initiative that established a formal affiliation with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the Internet regulator and Connecting.nyc Inc.

    Key Pages

    Each page here invites user contributions and is linked to one of the following key pages. We urge you to read and to write on them. [ Note: to write you must first join the project.]

    • The Operating Environment - Learn about a TLD's role in issuing names, operating the registry, maintaining portals, and creating a safe communications environment.
    • Domain Name Allocation Plan - Help identify domain names to be set aside for public and civic use, for operational purposes, for auction, for distribution on a first-come first-served basis...
    • The Development Environment - Here we will explore personal, family, civic, community, and business networking applications that might help create a more livable city. Should security and privacy be our highest development priority? Where should education, training, and access be on our priority list? Help decide.
    • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the .nyc TLD.
    • Connecting.nyc Inc.'s Home Page
    • Our Blog - With regular postings on new initiatives and old.


    About Our Wiki - It's like Wikipedia, here for you to edit. Need help editing? Got a bug report? Contact us.


    This wiki is a collaborative effort licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3­.0 License. ­ Creative Commons License

    Connecting.nyc Inc. gratefully acknowledges the assistance of CoActivate in providing this blog and wiki.
    If you need digital resources for your project, contact CoActivate using the below links.

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