What does Unifiedroot do?

Unifiedroot has created the infrastructure to allow for new top-level domains (TLDs) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) to be introduced on the Internet.

What infrastructure did Unifiedroot create?

Unifiedroot has built a robust root server (IPv6 and IDN ready) platform that operates in parallel with and inclusive of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

Our platform is fully compatible with the existing infrastructure that allows the Internet to function. Unifiedroot's root server platform has been designed by some of the most capable experts in the field.

Is Unifiedroot allowed to create an independent platform and introduce new TLDs on the Internet?

The World Wide Web is an open "network of networks". Establishing and operating an independant global root server platform for the purpose of introducing new TLDs and IDNs on the Internet is not subject to any particular formal regulation. The primary responsibility for the governance over such a platform lies with the owner. The Internet as a whole is not owned or controlled by one country or institution. The most commonly used TLDs and IDNs in place today are governed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on their own root servers.Unifiedroot regards itself as a complementary infrastructure provider.

Unifiedroot operates in the public domain and functions in accordance with existing rules and regulations. We are committed to preserve the security and stability of the Internet and to serve the public interest in its advancement and improvement.

Since stability and resilience of the root server platform and flawless functioning of the DNS is in the interest of all stakeholders, the technical design and the practical implementation have been conducted with the greatest of care.

What governance model does Unifiedroot follow?

Unifiedroot is currently assembling governing boards that will be responsible to refine and finalize our application, evaluation and approval policies for new TLDs and IDNs.

Who owns Unifiedroot?

Unifiedroot is a privately held company. The shareholders of Unifiedroot all reside in the Netherlands.

What is the current landscape of Top-Level Domains on the Internet?

The Internet domain name addressing system, as we know it, is about to undergo a major change. In addition to .com , .org , .ca , etc. extensions (suffixes which appear at the end of Internet addresses called Top-Level Domains or "TLDs"), we will start seeing domain names with TLD extensions such as .music, .wine , .sports etc.

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the most familar Top-Level Domains (TLD) on the Internet has announced that as of next year it will start accepting applications from companies, organizations and institutions who wish to secure a TLD.

The initial cost to apply for the registration of a TLD at ICANN is $185,000 USD. Part of this amount will be refundable under certain conditions if an application is withdrawn before the process is completed. If there is more than one entity applying for the same TLD name it will be decided by means of an auction who will acquire the TLD registration.

This is the situation as per October 2010.