Berlin won the race to become the world’s first city with its own domain name. Websites using the .berlin suffix are going to start from March 18.”Domains are descriptive, not just cryptic abbreviations like .org or .com,” dotBerlin representative Dirk Krischenowski told reporters. To purchase a .berlin website will cost between $50 and $100, and sales are expected to generate nearly $700,000 in the first year alone. Portions of the proceeds are returned to Berlin, The Local said.
The Local reported 55,000 websites showing interest in adding a .berlin address to their offerings.
American tech firm ICANN oversees and distributes domain names. It expanded options drastically from .com or .net to include suffixes like .food and .cars.
“Berlin addresses can now be a trademark for our city and for companies based here,” said Nils Busch-Petersen, head of the Berlin-Brandenburg trade association.
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Source: Business Insider