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The domain name mobi is a top-level domain (TLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from the adjective mobile, indicating it is used by mobile devices for accessing Internet resources via the Mobile Web. The domain was approved by ICANN on 11 July 2005, and is managed by the mTLD global registry. It was originally financially backed and sponsored by Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefónica Móviles, Telecom Italia Mobile, Orascom Telecom, GSM Association, Hutchison Whampoa, Syniverse Technologies, and Visa, with an executive from each company serving on mTLD's board of directors.In February 2010, Afilias acquired mTLD Top-Level Domain Ltd. (known publicly as "dotMobi").
{{TLD| |logo = DotMobi_logo.jpg |status = Active |applicant = |manager = [[mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd.]],
a fully-owned subsidiary of [[Afilias]] |country = International |stringcontention = |registryprovider = [[mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd.]] |date = 2005 - 2006 |type = [[sTLD]] |community = |keypeople = }} '''.mobi''' is a [[STLD|sponsored top level domain]] used for websites optimized for access by mobile devices, such as smartphones.[http://www.aumnia.com/blog/mobile-trends/mobi-or-not-mobi/ Mobi or Not Mobi, Aumnia.com/blog] [[ICANN]] entered into negotiations with the applicant, [[dotMobi]], in 2004;[http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-13dec04.htm Resolutions, ICANN.org] the extension was approved in 2005,[http://symbian.sys-con.com/node/110150 Node, Symbian.Sys-Con.com] and it began resolving as a usable extension in 2006.[http://www.publicdomainregistry.com/dotmobi/ dotMobi, PublicDomainRegistry.com] The extension was originally approved by the [[ICANN Board]] at [[ICANN 23]] in Luxembourg.[http://www.mobiledia.com/news/32782.html News, MobileDia.com] The applicant, and current manager, [[dotMobi]] was originally founded through investments by and participation from major companies involved in mobile technology and communication, including: Hutchison 3, GSM Association, Ericsson, [[Microsoft]], Nokia, Samsung, Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile, Vodafone, [[Google]].[http://www.mobiledia.com/news/32782.html News, Mobiledia.com][http://blueflavor.com/our-work/dotmobi-developers-guide/ dotMobi Developers Guide, blueflavor.com] The company was originally known as Mobi JV.[http://www.afilias.info/mobi+acquisition Mobi Aquisition, Afilias.info] They apparently considered other possible extensions for the mobile market, including .mob and .cell, though their testing showed that .mobi was the most internationally recognizable extension for mobile-related Internet content.[http://www.moniker.com/domain-masters/ep-2005-07-20/page-1.jsp Domain Masters Transcript, Moniker.com] ===Afilias=== Afilias was an early partner in the bid and delegation for .mobi. They originally were provided [[registry]] services to the dotMobi company. In February, 2010, Afilias acquired all issued and outstanding stock in the company and mTLD became a wholly owned subsidiary of Afilias.[http://www.afilias.info/mobi+acquisition Mobi Acquisition, Afilias.info] In July 2013, [[Afilias]] requested that [[ICANN]] lift the restrictions set out in its Registry Agreements for .pro and .mobi that forbids Afilias from owning more than a 15% share in the registrar company that sells the TLDs.[http://domainincite.com/13911-afilias-wants-registrar-ownership-ban-lifted-on-mobi-and-pro Afilias Wants Registrar ownership bands lifted, Domain Incite] Retrieved 19 Sept 2013 ===Advisors=== Given that .mobi is a [[STLD|sponsored top level domain]], it is tied to two advisory boards that are charged with representing the sponsoring community to mTLD and Afilias, they are the '''dotMobi Policy Advisory Board (PAB)''' and the '''.mobi Advisory Group (MAG)'''. These bodies include representation of the 14 original founders of dotMobi (Mobi JV).[http://www.afilias.info/mobi Mobi, Afilias.info] ===Opposition=== The idea of a entire TLD dedicated to the mobile market was met by criticism and skepticism by some, including [[Tim Berners-Lee]], a prominent developer of the modern Internet.[http://www.mobiledia.com/news/32782.html Mobiledia.com][http://symbian.sys-con.com/node/110150 Node, Symbian.sys-con.com] His open letter against the implementation of .mobi can be read [http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/TLD here]. The [[W3C]] was opposed to the implementation of .mobi as they saw it as a fracturing of the web. They noted that this is the first time that sites are not delinated by their content, such as the differences in a .gov and .edu site, but in the way that content is accessed. Thus, they argue, that it had the potential of creating an entirely new Internet that had no direct relation to the wider web. They believed that the same mobile access could be provided in a manner more consistent with a single, universal Internet that is not delineated by the type of device accessing it.[http://www.w3.org/2004/07/dotmobi_diwg.html dotMobi DIWG, w3.org] ==References==

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