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TLD Guidelines.

All TLD requests to the INAIC Council are processed in a fair and non-discriminatory fashion. All TLD managers or registrants are treated equally. The same rules apply to all requests.

The INAIC Council approves all new TLDs except for those TLDs that might cause technical, legal, practical, or any other conflict. The universal resolvability of TLDs in the Public-Root is secured through First Come First Served (FCFS) delegations.


These delegations eliminate TLD conflicts and duplication. Universal resolvability means a user will get the same answer to the same query from any computer or device on the global Internet.

The INAIC Council specifications and rules on the construction of a TLD label attempt to be as general as possible. The INAIC Council adheres to the TLD delegation guidelines found in RFC 1591 at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). TLD labels shall follow the ARPAnet rules for constructing a host name as amended by Section 2.1 of RFC 1123

The INAIC Council delegates any TLD which is a combination of alphanumeric characters, including the "-" hyphen symbol. TLD labels shall start and end with a letter or digit, and have as interior characters only letters, digits, and hyphens. TLD labels must be 28 characters or less.

While upper and lower case letters are allowed in TLDs no significance is attached to the case. Two labels with the same spelling but different case shall be treated as being identical or equal.

The INAIC Council will not delegate two-character TLDs. Two letter labels are reserved as country code identifiers under ISO 3166. The INAIC Council will adopt the ccTLD delegations of IANA.

On the delegation of a TLD by the Council, the INAIC recognizes the TLD Registrant as the designated authority and trustee of the TLD.

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