[NA-Discuss] Finally, A “.Radio” Suffix Will Be A Web Reality.

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Thu Jun 1 00:54:30 UTC 2017

>From my inbox. I suspect Glenn has more than a passing interest.

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Finally, A “.Radio” Suffix Will Be A Web Reality.


Talk about a perfect bit of radio and digital synergy: “.Radio” web
addresses will soon be available. After a four-year process, the
European Broadcasting Union was awarded the right to administer all
“.radio” top level domain names (TLDs) by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN). The EBU will begin assigning the new
web addresses to eager radio broadcasters in early 2017.

The EBU says 65,000 radio stations and 60,000 web radio companies are
interested in “.radio” addresses and that it will hand out the TLDs to
“licensed broadcasters, radio stations from across the world, unions
and related organizations, trademark owners, licensed radio amateurs,
web radios and radio professionals.”

To manage the new space in partnership with radio groups, the EBU is
forming a governance body, the World Radio Advisory Board, with
representatives of groups that helped push this process forward.

Eight international radio groups supported the EBU’s bid to administer
the TLDs, including the World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Association of European Radios (AER).
Competition was so fierce that ICANN took an additional 18 months to
review applications, pushing back its initial timetable. ICANN
previously awarded e-commerce firm BRS Media, headed by CEO George
Bundy, rights to “.FM” and “.AM,” and BRS Media was also a contender
for the “.radio” addresses.

Joly MacFie  218 565 9365 Skype:punkcast
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