New York, New York, the city so good they named it twice is about to get another name, when it becomes the first place in America to get its own unique URL Web domain: .nyc. The new .nyc domain name for New York was sanctioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) who are the body responsible for the management and development of top-level domains on the internet like .com, .org, .net, and .edu. Earlier this year, ICANN announced that it was rolling out hundreds of new top-level domains for areas such as foreign languages, brand names (like .Ford) and regional addresses (like .nyc)
Most countries around the world have their own top-level domain name such as .ie for Ireland or .co.uk for the United Kingdom. Ironically, the United States is the only country which does not have its own top-level domain name with most web sites in America using the generic .com domain name address. It is hoped that the specific .nyc address will make it easier for people to find search results in particular locations. New Yorker’s will have to register their details to obtain a .nyc domain and will have to adhere to a set of rules such as having a physical address within the city limits. Registration for the new .nyc domain name is expected to open later this year and will also carry an application charge which is yet to be determined / announced.