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Monday, June 13, 2016

‘.INSURANCE’ Opens for General Availability

“.INSURANCE,” the new Internet web extension exclusively for insurance providers and distributors around the world will open for general availability on June 15 at 00:00:00 UTC. Managed by fTLD Registry Services, an organization owned, operated and governed by banks, insurance companies and financial services trade associations, .INSURANCE is the place for members of the global insurance community to enhance and differentiate their online presence in the marketplace. During the sunrise registration period, 234 applications were submitted for .INSURANCE domain names.

fTLD launched the “.BANK” Internet web extension last year to an overwhelmingly positive response. Read more about the progress of .BANK one year later, here.

“Similar to the launch of .BANK, we’re excited to provide eligible and verified members of the financial services community with new options to boost their online presence, and provide a more secure experience for their customers,“ said Craig Schwartz, managing director of fTLD. “The global insurance community is vast, with millions of companies, agents, and brokers participating. With .BANK and now .INSURANCE, we’re providing great value to the financial services community, as well as helping to build trust with their customers.”

fTLD necessitates strong security requirements for entities registering domain names in .INSURANCE and .BANK, setting itself apart from most domain registry operators. In addition to the mandatory verification and re-verification of eligibility, strong encryption, and email authentication, fTLD monitors for compliance with many other measures, which can be found here.

Insurance companies, licensed agents/agencies, brokers/brokerages or other equivalents, trade associations, select service providers and government regulators are eligible to register domains in .INSURANCE. Domains are available from fTLD-approved registrars and will initially be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The current list of registrars is available at www.register.insurance/registrars.

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