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General:

Why do .Earth domain names exist? ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit organization charged with managing the global domain name system, allowed organizations to apply for and secure new TLDs to offer Internet users greater consumer choice and opportunities for innovation. As a result, .Earth is now a TLD that registrars can now offer as an alternative to .com, .net, or .org.

Who operates the .Earth top-level domain?
The .Earth Registry is operated by Interlink Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based technology company.

Who provides backend registry services for .earth
Neustar provides the backend infrastructure for the .Earth registry.

Who can register a .Earth domain name? / Who is eligible to registrar a .Earth domain name?
There are no restrictions as to who can register .Earth domain names, which makes it easier for registrars to distinguish their product offerings by leveraging a memorable global domain extension that unites the planet, and creates a safe place on the Internet.

When a user buys a .Earth domain name, they agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions, and pledge to become an ambassador for Earth and do away with any and all hostile actions that harm our planet and its inhabitants.

What is the target market for .Earth?
The .Earth domain “tribe” is large and growing, and expands well beyond traditional green organizations. It’s being embraced by geospatial companies, trade organizations, travel companies, engineering firms, new technology innovators, authors, artists, and much more.

Can my organization sell .Earth domain names?
All ICANN Accredited registrars who have signed the 2013 Registry Accreditation can become accredited to sell .earth domain. If your organization is not an ICANN Accredited registrar, you may be able to partner up with an Accredited Registrar to Resell .earth domain names.

How do I become a .Earth domain registrar?
Please click here to access our simple registrar request form. 

Operational

Does .Earth offer premium domain registrations?
Yes. .Earth offers premium domain names via EPP in six different pricing tiers.

Do you have any downloadable marketing assets?
Yes, please visit our Registrar Resources page.

If IDNs can be registered, what are the supported languages?
The registry does not currently allow IDN registrations. The registry will notify all registrars of any future plans to offer IDN second-level registrations.

Will renewals be limited to a certain point in the domain’s life cycle?
Renewal commands can be sent in the General Availability phase.  The registrant is limited to a maximum term of 10 years for a domain registration (similar to standard gTLDs such as .com/.net/.org/.biz).

Will proxy registrations or privacy protection be permitted?
Yes. Our Whois Access Policy States the following:
CONDITIONS FOR REGISTRARS OFFERING PRIVACY AND PROXY SERVICES
Accredited registrars may elect to offer Privacy and Proxy Services for registrations in the .Earth TLD.  In such an event, registrars must ensure that the actual WHOIS data is obtained from the registrant and must maintain accurate records of such data. Registrars shall maintain compliance with any future specifications of Privacy and Proxy Services developed by ICANN.  

LAW ENFORCEMENT
In the event that the registration information collected is masked by privacy or proxy services, registrars must provide Law Enforcement Agencies (“LEA”) with the actual WHOIS data upon receipt of a verified request in order to establish liability for all actions in relation to a domain name.

In addition, where a domain name is removed from the root zone, the domain name record may still appear in the gTLD WHOIS database so that the name and entities can be investigated by LEA should they elect to become involved.

Billing

What currency will you accept payment in?
Registrars can choose between U.S. Dollars (USD) and Euro (EUR). If a registrar selects to Euro, all TLDs on Neustar platform, not just .Earth, will be billed in Euro. Likewise, if USD is selected, you will be billed in USD for all TLDs handled by Neustar.

How will you accept payment? (credit card, wire, etc.)
Registrars that subscribe to Neustar’s current prepaid billing will be required to fund their account via wire transfer.

If a registrar is set up on the “pay after” option that Neustar provides, when will the invoices be issued, and when are they due?
The pay-in-arrears option (or Post-Pay system) is available to registrars that have been pre-approved. Invoices are issued at the beginning of each month following the “billing month,” and are due immediately or at most Net-30.

If you have an existing Neustar billing deposit account, it may be simpler to continue the same billing style you have now.

Will the renewal cost apply for all domain names regardless of what phase they were initially registered in?
Yes, all Standard Domain Names, regardless of the phase, will renew at the standard domain registration/renewal fee. Premium Domain Names will renew at the Premium Domain Registration Fee.

Will the premium priced domain names renew at the standard renewal cost?
No, Premium Domain Names will renew at the Premium Domain Registration Fee.

What is the domain transfer cost?
Transfers are handled just like other standard gTLDs such as .com/.net/.biz. For each transfer of the sponsorship of a domain-name registration the registry may charge the gaining registrar a maximum fee equal to the renewal registration fee associated with a one-year extension.  The registrar will be billed for one transaction. Please keep in mind that Premium Domain Names will incur a transfer/renewal fee equal to the Premium Domain Name Registration Fee.

Will there be any charge for lapse or modification?
There will be no charge for modification of domain information.

How will the registrar be billed for restoring a domain?
Restore fee will be charged as follows:

Expired Domain Names
When a domain name expires, it enters a 45-day auto-renew grace period.  If during that auto-renew grace period, it is then explicitly deleted, it becomes restorable for a period of 30 days (redemption grace period). In this scenario if the domain name is restored, a restore fee of US $60.00 will be levied by the Registry to the sponsoring registrar. A renewal fee will also be charged to the sponsoring registrar, and the domain name will be renewed for the default term.

Non-Expired Domain Names
Prior to a domain name expiring, when it is explicitly deleted, the domain name then enters 30-day redemption grace period, during which it is restorable.  If it is restored, a fee of US $60.00 will be levied by the Registry to the sponsoring registrar. In this case no renewal fee is required as the domain name reverts to its original status in terms of its expiry date.