.la

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.la
.la
Introduced1996
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryLA Names Corporation
SponsorLao National Internet Committee
Intended useEntities connected with  Laos
Actual useMarketed as domain for Los Angeles
Registration restrictionsNone; some names are reserved as "premium names" at extra cost
StructureRegistrations are taken directly at the second level
DocumentsICANN .la MoU
Dispute policiesUDRP
DNSSECyes
Registry Websitewww.la

.la is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Laos.[1]

Although the .la domain is officially assigned to the country of Laos, it has also been rented out to some businesses in the state of Louisiana and the city of Los Angeles.[2] No official or unofficial association exists between the .la domain and any government in the United States (see .gov and .org).

The .la domain is also used for domain hacks in the French language and the Chinese language. means "there" in French and in Italian, and in other Romance languages; "" (pinyin: la) is a common modal word at the end of a sentence or a phrase in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.

Mozilla Foundation's URL shortener uses it with the "mzl.la" domain hack.[3]

Tesla Motors uses "ts.la" domain hack as a shortener and a redirect.[4]

Digikala, the largest e-commerce startup in Iran and the Middle East uses "dgka.la" domain hack as a shortener.

Domain names registered with the .la top-level domain start at $50.00.[citation needed]

The Network information center of .la is oriented to pages based in Los Angeles.[5]

Intel Latin America uses intel.la.

The Digital Public Library of America uses dp.la.

History[edit]

The LA Names Corporation, based in Guernsey, has gained the rights to market .la registrations, and they had used the registry services of Afilias and, formerly, the registrar services of DreamHost.[citation needed] However, DreamHost has discontinued registrar services as of May 2006. LA Names and CentralNic, Ltd. completed the transfer of the .la domain name to the CentralNic system in 2007.[6] Cabel Sasser of Panic created "Poopla" (xn--ls8h.la), "The World's First Emoji Domain" on April 13, 2011.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Portal of Lao PDR". Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  2. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (10 July 2013). "Laos rents '.la' Internet domain to Los Angeles businesses". Inside Investor. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. ^ "880974 – adding a tinyurl.com link is blocked as spam at wiki.mozilla.org". mozilla.org.
  4. ^ "Tesla Motors - Premium Electric Vehicles". ts.la.
  5. ^ http://www.nic.la redirects to https://www.la/. Page https://www.la/e/about uses the slogan "The Internet Address For Los Angeles".
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Has Its Own Domain Name". Marketwire.
  7. ^ "The World's First Emoji Domain". Panic Blog. Panic. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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