Citizens will Enjoy .Gent Domain Names Thanks to OpenRegistry Platform - City Council of Gent Announces Public Support for the Belgian Initiative

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OpenRegistry is proud to announce that, a mere three days after ICANN’s final approval of the new TLD program, the City of Ghent (Gent in Dutch) has put its full support behind the application for a .Gent Internet extension that will run on OpenRegistry’s licensed software.

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“Many applicants for city or brand TLDs have already expressed an interest in our innovative Registry platform” comments Jean-Christophe Vignes, CEO of OpenRegistry

OpenRegistry is proud to announce that, a mere three days after ICANN’s final approval of the new TLD program, the City of Ghent (Gent in Dutch) has put its full support behind the application for a .Gent Internet extension that will run on OpenRegistry’s licensed software.

With over 250,000 inhabitants Ghent is the third largest city in Belgium. It is well known for its cultural heritage, festivals and innovative reputation. It is also the very first city in Benelux to publicise its own domain name extension.

“Many applicants for city or brand TLDs have already expressed an interest in our innovative Registry platform” comments Jean-Christophe Vignes, CEO of OpenRegistry SA. “We are thrilled to see ComBell, a leading Registrar in Belgium, get unambiguous support from the city council in what will be an innovative project, close to our own European roots”.

Because use of .Gent will reinforce the direct links of the companies, organisations and citizens with the city and with the region, the project falls clearly into OpenRegistry’s “meaningful extension” philosophy. Thanks to the company’s innovative licensed model, ComBell and its ‘City TLD’ initiative will be able to offer state-of-the-art service to the citizens of Gent, for a fraction of the cost.

Resul Tapmaz, Councillor responsible for Data Processing and Quality Management for the City of Ghent explains: “We chose this specific proposal because it’s a combination of the newest Belgian software, supported by a Gentian company. We will actively encourage our municipal departments to promote the .Gent domain. I’m thinking for example of Toerisme.gent (tourism), Bibliotheek.gent (library), Smak.gent (municipal contemporary arts museum), Ocmw.gent (social services) or of the inhabitants’ e-mail addresses, of the resul(at)tapmaz(dot)gent variety. The possibilities are endless since every conceivable combination in front of ‘.Gent’ is available.”

According to the announcement made by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) the window for submitting the .Gent application will open on January 12th, 2012.

About OpenRegistry

Founded by domain name professionals with more than twenty years of experience in the Top Level Domain business, OpenRegistry is a truly flexible solution designed to allow Brands, Communities, and Registrars to find “the key to their own Internet” by providing the right tools for a successful application to ICANN’s new Top Level Domain program. As a Registry Service Provider, OpenRegistry offers several implementation solutions, including a full license of its white-label software that can be run on the applicant’s own infrastructure. Through its OpenMind program, the Company also helps applicants shaping their vision for their own TLD into an ICANN-compliant application document.

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