|Graham Dixon||Alain Artero|
|Head of Radio, EBU||dotRadio TLD Manager, EBU|
|The EBU is calling for Proposals to enable various types of actors to obtain a domain name matching their name or trademark, based on terms and conditions reflecting their status (broadcast radio, web radio, radio-amateur, radio professional, radio-related company selling radio goods and services).|
“While enjoying a high degree of exclusivity and visibility, these pioneers will be ambassadors for the “.radio” TLD, participating alongside the EBU and the Radio Community in the development of a new digital radio territory.”
This will progressively change the way people are reaching internet resources linked to radio.
You will see new kind of urls:
www.nrj.radio , salsa1.radio , podcast.capital.radio , WA8UNS.radio (radio amateur)
or email addresses like:
email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Exceptionally for the internet world, this project is a Community TLD, led by a community of interest for the benefit of the whole radio industry and amateurs too. It is reserved to people and companies with active interest in the radio sector.
You may like to consider securing the integrity of your web presence by requesting appropriate .radio domains for defensive reasons initially. The TLD will be focused on content and matters specific to radio; this extension will become quickly a high-value internet space for your website, your mail system and other internet applications.
The following categories will be accepted for the use of a .radio domain:
|* Radio broadcasting stations|
|* Unions of Broadcasters|
|* Internet radios|
|* Radio Amateurs|
|* Radio professionals (journalists, radio hosts, DJs, …)|
|* Radio-related companies selling radio goods and services|
(which is subject to change)
If you manage a radio station, it is necessary that you request your .radio domain(s) during the pre-launch. We believe radio stations should lead this new space on the internet, and consider them as our highest priority. We are therefore working with ICANN to provide radio station operators with a pre-launch specific phase, starting 03 May 2017 and strictly ending on 5th of July because this will grant you priority over all other categories (even trademarks) for a period of 60 days.
This means for instance that if a radio station and a web radio request the same domain, the radio station will be allowed to purchase it (providing it resembles the station name).
During this pre-launch phase, the process is not ‘first come, first served’.
The dotRadio team will seek to optimize domain name allocation to solve contentious issues and prioritize existing radio services. The pre-launch is exclusively reserved for radio stations.
All other categories will be managed during the launch period during a similar period of 60 days..
To request a .radio domain, you should contact a registrar (company selling internet domains) providing it has signed an agreement to sell .radio domains
or the EBU which will act as a reseller.
At any time, the owner of a domain can transfer it from a registrar to another.
The price for registering a .radio domain name will be different for companies and individuals. It will depend on the registrar offering the product, since registrars themselves define their price and their marketing policy. It also depends whether some additional services are included in the yearly fee (like hosting, mailing).
For companies, we expect typical prices between 200€ and 250€ per domain and per year. For individuals, the price will be around 20-25€.
Policies are available here