Sunrise and Beyond: Understanding the .Vegas Roll Out
Are you thinking .vegas, yet? If not, now is the time. The roll out of .vegas digital addresses began on June 2 and will continue with different phases through the fall. Here’s how it all breaks down…
This phase began on June 2nd and continues for 60-days through August 1, 2014. In this phase, companies or individuals that have registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a global repository of trademark and service mark data, may register their .vegas domains.
Those interested in owning a .vegas domain name may register with any of 50-plus major domain name registrars with whom Dot Vegas, Inc. has signed agreements. These include, among others, GoDaddy, Enom, Network Solutions or 1and1. The registrars determine registration fees for .vegas domain names, which are expected to be typical and consistent with most other TLDs.
Following sunrise, any person or business in any location will be able to register a .vegas domain name first during land rush from August 14 to September 10, 2014 when numerous, high-demand premium domains will be available for registration. Land Rush registrations are still taken on an application basis and applicants are not guaranteed their preferred name. A tip – land rush is best utilized by non-trademark holders who wish to secure specific names ahead of general availability.
GENERAL AVAILABILITY AND BEYOND:
On September 15, .vegas will open for general availability on a “first to register” basis. Additionally, .vegas will be offering certain, pre-selected high value names through auctions and premium names sales processes conducted by Afternic (a Go Daddy company), Name Jet and Go Daddy Auctions, beginning in mid-October 2014.