Well, here we go again.
Anyone interested in a .asia domain can express their interest on http://www.asiadns.com.
According to EuroDNS, “While this service cannot be a pre-registration until the actual .asia rules are finalised, it is an increased chance for any potential domain registration to be considered and will allow Do.asia and EuroDNS to get a better feel of the market.”
ICANN and Do.asia signed the .asia registry agreement on 6 December 2006 at the ICANN annual meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil following the ICANN board approving the designation of the .asia sponsored top-level domain on 18 October 2006. Do.asia is the first gTLD registry with a headquarters in the .asia-Pacific region. Do.asia Organisation (http://www.do.asia.org) is a membership-based not-for-profit corporation located in Hong Kong that was created in March of 2004 for the purpose of submitting a proposal to ICANN to operate a new TLD registry for the .asia top-level domain (TLD).
Let us remember that new domains have always been and will continue to be created. We have to therefore ask ourselves where we should draw the line and where this domain acquisition should stop.
Let’s have a quick glance at the long list of available domains:
And this is just a short list. A rough count reveals over a hundred possible domain names. Now, this most certainly puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
Having said that… I can’t ague against grabbing domains with your company name or brand name to prevent anyone else from owning them, to avoid any future nasty ownership issues. But, which person in the right mind choose to buy all the domain names available? The answer is nobody, except people who collect domains. Yup, these people do exist.
And of course, the only people who will profit from this are the domain registrars. More $$$$$$ for them each time such a frenzy happens…