.berlin® (dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG)

Extension: 
.berlin
Type of extension: 
Geographic
Applicant: 
dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG

The Internet is becoming more local and search enquiries increasingly concern the Internet user’s local environment. Domains are also a scarce resource in Germany and it is hardly possible to register sensible new addresses within the current domain endings. The logical consequence is thus to extend the Internet’s namespace to take account of these developments.

In future, with .berlin domains, companies, private individuals and organisations will be able to register Internet addresses such as zoo.berlin or painter.berlin. The company dotBERLIN represents the Berliners in applying for the .berlin top-level domain so as to provide the basis for Berliners and their organisations to register their own domains with the ending .berlin. dotBERLIN® is the first initiative worldwide for a city Top-Level-Domain with a clear cut concept on how to manage such a name space in the local and public interest; other metropolises like New York, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney followed this trend with an initiative for their respective city Top-Level-Domain.

Our initiative has invented the .berlin® top-level domain and has become role model for many other city top-level domains worldwide.