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Introduced Not officially introduced; proposed in 2007
TLD type Proposed top-level domain
Status Unofficial proposal
Registry None yet
Sponsor NIC México, eCOM-LAC
Intended use Latin American communities
Actual use Not available for use
Registration restrictions None specified yet
Structure None yet

.lat is a proposed Internet generic top-level domain (gTLD) for Latin American communities and users wherever they may reside.

Recently NIC México (Manager of the .mx ccTLD) along with eCOM-LAC (Federation of Latin-America and the Caribbean for the Internet and Electronic Commerce) were appointed official sponsors for this campaign. The full proposal was supposed to be presented to ICANN during 2008 [1] but the new gTLD process in ICANN has been delayed and now it is expected to be presented by mid-2011.[2]

There were initial communications that presented the idea of this new top-level domain as a regional one[3] but further news detailed the community orientation of the proposal [4]

The official gTLD name will be appointed by ICANN if the proposal is approved. Other names that are being considered are .latin and .latino. Similar proposals have already been approved like the Asian gTLD (.asia) and the European Union's ccTLD (.eu).

At some point of time .lat got approved and established and as of 2017 it has many thousands of domains.


  1. ^ NIC Mexico - July 10, 2007
  2. ^ ICANN Site for New gTLDs
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Proponen la creación del dominio de Internet “.lat”, Emol.com, 27 June 2007
  4. ^ "NIC Mexico - Nov 15, 2007". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-09-03.