Geeks for sale today

The country's newest second level domain name will go on sale today from 11am. Customers will be able to buy names in the .geek.nz space for the first time following the decision by InternetNZ to create the new 2LD.

The country's newest second level domain (2LD) name will go on sale today from 11am.

Customers will be able to buy names in the .geek.nz space for the first time following the decision by InternetNZ to create the new 2LD.

The 2LD was the last proposed name to be accepted by InternetNZ before a moratorium on new 2LDs (2LD review committee named) was introduced. The society is working through a process to determine if new 2LDs will be allowed, to do away with the second level altogether or to maintain the current process, which some have claimed is too cumbersome.

The new 2LD joins .maori.nz as only the second name to have made it through InternetNZ's process - a third name, .bank.nz, failed on two separate occasions to gain enough support.

Whereas both .geek.nz and .maori.nz are open to anyone to register, .bank.nz was to have been a closed domain and only members of the New Zealand Bankers Association would have been allowed to buy names in that space.

The launch of .maori.nz in September was not without its problems, as a technical problem meant several names were registered by different people (Domainz under fire over .maori.nz name ownership).

Domain Name Commissioner has worked with the stabilising registrar Domainz to tighten the procedure (Domainz updates terms after .maori.nz problems) and is confident there will be no problems with the launch of .geek.nz.

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