.am

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.am
Introduced 1994
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry AMNIC
Sponsor ISOC-AM (local chapter of Internet Society)
Intended use Entities connected with  Armenia
Actual use Primarily in Armenia and Artsakh; some domain hack use elsewhere, e.g. Instagr.am
Registration restrictions Some generic names reserved; registry reserves right to revoke registrations due to spam, obscenity, or other illegal or immoral activity
Structure Registrations permitted directly at second level
Documents AM TLD policy
Dispute policies Not available
DNSSEC yes
Registry Website AMNIC
.հայ
Introduced 2016
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Sponsor Internet Society of Armenia
Intended use Entities connected with Armenia, domain names preferably using the Armenian alphabet

.am is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Armenia.

Regulation[edit]

The registry for .am is operated by ISOC-AM,[1] the local chapter of the Internet Society.

Regulatory notes:

  • Any person in the world can register a .am, .com.am, .net.am, .org.am domain for a fee.
  • Each domain name is subject to review. Generally each review takes 2 or 3 working days.
  • Armenian law prohibits its domain names from being used for spam, pornography, or terrorism sites.[2]
  • The AM-NIC was moved over to IPv6 address compatibility in line with the global DNS system.
  • Unicode compatible names will not be instituted at AM-NIC until all issues related to IPv6 are resolved.

Usage in domain hacks[edit]

Domains within the .am ccTLD enjoy popularity due to the connection to AM radio (similar to the .fm and .tv ccTLDs), and the ability to form English words ending in "am" — e.g. the mobile photo sharing service Instagram uses the Armenian domain name Instagr.am. The live video streaming service Stre.am uses the TLD to form their operative keyword, "Stream". American music artist and producer Will.I.Am uses the domain for his website. The email service "Thexyz" uses xyz.am for a URL Shortener and @xyz.am email accounts. Such unconventional usage of TLDs in domain names are called domain hacks.

Second top-level domain[edit]

In 2014 a new top-level domain name was registered for Armenia, intended for domain names in the local language, the top-level domain is .հայ. It became active in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "isoc.am". isoc.am. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  2. ^ "AM Registration Guidelines, paragraph 1". Amnic.net. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 

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