Which startup will be the first one with the .nyc address?

Maria Teresa Cometto —  October 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

Finally the .nyc domain is available to all New Yorkers. You can apply for your own Internet address .nyc here: http://www.ownit.nyc/

One of the first New Yorkers who took advantage of the opportunity is the NYC First Lady Chirlane for her blog http://flo.nyc/ . Chirlane explains: “ With the historic launch of .nyc, the City of New York has become one of the first cities in the world with a top-level domain, creating a unique opportunity for local businesses, organizations and residents to brand themselves online and to showcase their affiliation with New York City.”

Actually the availability of .nyc should have started in 2013 already, as we wrote in our book (see below). But better late than never…

From “Tech and the City” (2013):
<<The Big Apple has already beaten the California rival on at least one thing: it is the first city in the United States to be awarded its own top-level Internet domain (TLD). The new domain is “.nyc,” conquered in the summer of 2012 by the City. The administration manages it and plans, starting in 2013, to allow its use first for public and not-for-profit institutions, then for residents and local businesses, and finally for organizations that offer specific services to New York. “With the historic launch of the .nyc TLD, the City will embrace its digital future in a powerful way and bring an unprecedented level of geographic authority to the digital sphere. In addition, the City will generate revenue, help residents locate government services, encourage local businesses to thrive, market and promote tourism, and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world,” reads the Bloomberg Administration’s Digital Roadmap of August 2012. And who knows, 2013 could also be the year in which the early graduates of CornellNYC Tech create the first “.nyc” startup that will change, for the better, our life more than Facebook or Apple did.>>

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