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How the .nyc Domain Remains Exclusive to New Yorkers: Part 2

In the first installment of our three-part series about keeping the .nyc domain name exclusively for the use and enjoyment of New Yorkers, we covered the City’s Nexus Policy and eligibility requirements to register a .nyc web address. Part 2 focuses on the innovative technology Neustar deploys to maintain the domain’s exclusivity or Nexus Enforcement.

There are several methods Neustar employs to maintain the Nexus Policy.

1. Initial Validation. Neustar checks each .nyc domain registration in real time against a secure, proprietary database of names and addresses. If a match isn’t found, the domain name registration is denied.

2. Random Spot Checks. Utilizing a standardized protocol, Neustar performs random spot checks after registration to ensure continuing compliance with Nexus requirements. For those domains that do not comply, the corresponding .nyc domain names are temporarily locked. This prevents the domain from being updated or transferred while it’s under review. If the registrant provides evidence to demonstrate Nexus compliance, the complaint is dismissed. If not, the registrant is given 30 days to resolve the issue. Failure to do so results in domain name deletion.

3. Third Party Complaints. Neustar immediately investigates all reports of suspected data inaccuracies that come in via the public reporting tool.

In the case of these third party complaints, registrants are given ten days to provide evidence of Nexus compliance. If they are successful, the complaint is dismissed. If not, the registrant is given ten days to fix the issue. Failure to do so results in deletion of the .nyc domain name.

The .nyc Nexus Dispute Resolution Policy (NDRP) provides a legal and binding framework to resolve cases where there is a disagreement with the initial determination that the registrant meets the Nexus policy, or there is a request by the complainant to transfer the domain name.

In the final part of the series, we will share the collected data and results for the .nyc Nexus requirements.