Leave it to New York City to do something bigger and better than the rest (at least in their minds so we’ll all just play along like usual).
This time it’s the announcement by Mayor Michael Bloomberg via his Twitter account (while sipping a 32 oz. Coke) that NYC will be offering its residents and businesses a chance to get a .NYC domain
NEWS: We're one of the first cities in the world to get our own domain: .NYC. Find out more: http://t.co/SRqLgMb9DF
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) July 2, 2013
The website that gives more information about the program points out
New York City businesses and organizations with a NYC address, individuals with a primary residence in NYC, as well as those offering products or services to New Yorkers can register a .nyc domain name. Trademark holders with a NYC address, will be given priority during the application process in order to secure their intellectual property.
I can’t decide if this is truly a good thing especially as it relates to local search. It is unlikely that many cities, let alone smaller towns or regions, will start their own version of this program. Or will they? If this this top level domain program takes off others will likely follow suit. Don’t expect there to be just one applicant for a .CHI or .MIA etc etc like there was in NYC (which was surprising but that’s what happened).
That last subset — companies offering products or services to New Yorkers — could easily open the floodgates to any number of registrants. But the city plans to carry out this process carefully, granting priority to home-grown businesses so they may “secure their intellectual property.” The registration process itself will be handled by traditional domain registrars, and as for pricing, the city is only saying rates will be “competitive with the market prices for other top-level domains.” In other words, you’ll likely be paying a good deal more than your typical GoDaddy URL.
No matter how you look at it this will be interesting to see if it catches on because it could add a whole new meaning to the term ‘hyper local’.