.boston domain takes next step towards launch


.boston domain takes next step towards launch

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The first phase of availability for the new .boston domain name has been launched.

Registry service provider MMX made an announcement  yesterday, August 1, that the domain has entered the ‘sunrise period’, marking 70 days until general availability.

This allows trademark owners to register domains in order to protect their rights.

In the next phase, on August 8, the .boston domain will be open to government and non-profit organisations, before general availability starts on October 10.

The general availability domains will be issued on a first come first served basis and, once this stage opens, Boston will become only the fourth city in the US after Las Vegas, New York and Miami to have a top-level domain.

Solomon Amoako, vice-president of channel strategy at MMX, said the rollout of .boston presents an “exciting opportunity for the city of Boston”.

He added: “Whether you’re an established brand looking to lay the cornerstone of your digital Boston real estate or a local not-for-profit group or business, .boston has something for everyone.”

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