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.church is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It comes from the common name church and is used by churches, congregations, ministries of religion, and entities who deal with them. The .church domain was entered into the DNS root on May 15, 2014.Holly Fileds, LLC c/o Donuts (corporation) is the registry acting as the official technical administrator of the .church TLD. It is required by ICANN to sell names via registrars such as Godaddy, Network Solutions and Web.com. This gTLD was approved by ICANN on 06 Feb 2014.
{{TLD| |logo = |status = Active |manager = |country = |language = |translation = |stringcontention = |registryprovider = |registrations = |date = |type = [[gTLD|Generic]] |category = [[:Category:Culture New gTLDs|Culture]] |community = |priority = |keypeople = }} '''.church''' is a [[gTLD]] that was proposed in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]]. [[Donuts]]' application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 15 May 2014, making the company the [[Registry Operator]] for the string.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegated Strings, ICANN.org] Retrieved 2 June 2014 ==Background== ===Applicant and Registry Operator=== Two entities submitted applications to serve as registry operator for the .church TLD. However only one succeeded, due to an auction:[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/application-results/strings-1200utc-13jun12-en Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings] # Donuts (Holly Fileds, LLC), this is one of 307 new gTLD by Donuts. Each application via a different LLC. [http://www.domainnamenews.com/new-gtlds/donuts-inc-eye-popping-list-of-307-new-top-level-domains/11730 Donuts Inc eye popping list of 307 new top-level domains] This applicant submitted a [[PIC|Public Interest Commitment]], which can be downloaded [https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/844 here]. ===Previous Applicants=== # [[Life Covenant Church, Inc.]], an inter-denominational church. ===Auction=== It was announced on 19 Dec 2013 that [[Donuts]] won in a private auction against [[Life Covenant Church, Inc.]] the right to .church. Donuts is now the sole remaining applicant and Life Covenant Church, Inc. will receive a pay-off from Donuts in return for withdrawing their application. The auction was administered by [[Applicant Auction]].[http://domainincite.com/15374-donuts-officially-richer-than-god-after-winning-three-new-gtld-auctions Donuts Officially Richer than God after Winning 3 New gTLD Auctions, DomainIncite] Retrieved 19 Dec 2013 ===Independent Objector=== The [[Independent Objector]] (IO) is a non-partisan, contracted appointee whose role was mandated by the applicant guidebook for [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]], and who is responsible for officially objecting to new gTLDs that are dangerous to the public good. This process also involves reviewing "controversial applications," those that have received significant public comments, and investigating whether a public need for objection is provided for tin these comments. Thus, the Independent Objector issued a preliminary report on .church, noting that the articles and objections to the applications are largely supportive of a .church TLD but call in to question either applicant's ability to administer the TLD fairly. He sought assurances from both applicants to ensure that they would keep the TLD open and inclusive to all those that identify with the term "church" and use it to describe their religious habits, both were forthcoming and he concluded that no objection was warranted.[http://www.independent-objector-newgtlds.org/english-version/the-independent-objector-s-comments-on-controversial-applications/church-general-comment/ The Independent Objectors Comments on Controversial Applications, Church General Comment, Independent-Objector-NewgTLDs.org] Retrieved 5 Mar 2013 ===Contract Signed=== On 06 February 2014 [[Donuts]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .church after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries-date Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 10 Feb 2014 ==Delegation and Availability== .church was delegated to the Root Zone of the [[DNS]] on 15 May, 2014, completing the successful application for the string. General availability started on 17 September, 2014. ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category:TLD]] [[Category:Culture New gTLDs|church]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|church]]

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.church Registrar Details

.CHURCH Domain Name
Binky Moon, LLC
c/o Donuts Inc.
5808 Lake Washington Blvd, Suite 300
Kirkland, WA 98033
+1 424 254 8537
+1 425 671 0020
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