August 18, 2017
 
Nonprofits May Now Apply for New .Boston Web Address

August 10, 2017 — Massachusetts nonprofits that provide services or support to residents within Boston or are located within Boston and provide services outside of Boston have an opportunity to apply for their organization’s domain name on .boston.

.boston is part of a new class of generic top-level domains that expands the web’s domain name system as .com’s become increasingly harder to find.

Nonprofits can claim their .boston names before they become available to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis this fall. Most nonprofits, though not all, use a .org top-level domain.

"We hope that .boston will allow nonprofit and government organizations to present their local initiatives in a new way online, while showcasing their pride in the Boston community,” said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Boston’s chief information officer. “I look forward to .boston improving online access and visibility for many businesses and organizations.”

“Although we are a national organization, we place an emphasis on building strong relationships within the individual communities we serve," said Ayele Shakur, executive director of BUILD Boston, a Boston nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to help prepare youth in under-resourced communities for high school, college and career success.

"We're excited to extend this philosophy to our online presence by adopting a .boston domain to highlight the work we do in the Boston community to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced neighborhoods through entrepreneurship".

Build Boston, which uses www.buildinboston.org, has applied for buildin.boston.

To be eligible for a .boston domain, bone fide nonprofits must:
  • Provide services or support to residents within Boston

  • Request a name that matches a trademark or legal name, that is, they may only be comprised of legal names, DBAs, or trade names generally associated with a Boston community organization applicant.

  • Must provide services or support to residents within Boston or be located within Boston and provide services outside of Boston.
Nonprofits must apply before the new sites go live on Oct. 10.

Boston will become the fourth city in the country with a top-level domain representing it online, giving organizations the chance to brand their identity and showcase their affiliation with the city.

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