New York City still exploring options for .nyc domain name.
New York City’s Law Department responded to the second draft of the new top level domain name guidebook, raising concerns to a number of points including the cost of applying for and running a new top level domain. One commentor on the story asked if New York had a deal with a third party in which the city wouldn’t incur any out-of-pocket costs.
The answer is no. New York City is in the very early stages of exploring a .nyc top level domain name. It has not made any determination if it will eventually launch .nyc, and has not selected a business partner to go to market with.
Two organizations have been pushing the idea — connecting.nyc and dotNYC, but neither has any sort of contractual relationship with the city, according to city representatives. Representatives of the two organizations were not immediately available to comment on their status and involvement with .nyc.
The city plans to release a Request for Information (RFI) soon, and this will include guidelines for what it is seeking. In other words, if you are interested in teaming up with the city to launch .nyc, the playing field is wide open.