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Donuts Set to Open First New Internet Domains to the Public this Week

DonutsInc.Bellevue-based Donuts Inc., the largest registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), will kick off the general availability period for seven new Internet domain names beginning January 29, marking the beginning of a new era for the Internet in which users will have unprecedented choice in how they identify and brand themselves online.

The gTLDs—the first of hundreds Donuts will launch this year—are .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES.  Anyone can register names in these gTLDs on a first come, first-served basis from accredited registrars worldwide.

Then weekly for most of 2014, Donuts will roll out additional gTLDs.  Next Wednesday, February 5, .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY will be open for registration by anyone interested in an online identity connected to these terms.

Donuts, the largest of the new gTLD program’s applicants, is the first to launch gTLDs in the Latin characters used in English, Spanish, French and other worldwide languages.

“Starting this week, new, relevant and specific Internet naming options will be available on a scale never before seen,” Donuts co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura said. “This is a unique opportunity for businesses, brands, organizations, and individuals to find an online identity that speaks precisely to their products, services and interests.”

Donuts hit another major milestone when it signed its 105th new gTLD contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Donuts is the first new gTLD registrant to reach that mark and has executed more agreements than any other registry operator.

“We have ambitious goals as part of our commitment to leading the development and innovation of the new gTLD marketplace,” said company co-founder and Executive Vice President Jonathon Nevett. “Reaching 105 gTLDs under contract is a good landmark, but we won’t be satisfied until all of our remaining contracts are completed and all our gTLDs are fully available to the public.” [24×7]