Neustar and the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday announced Neustar has been awarded a contract to continue operating the .us ccTLD for up to 10 years, until 2029.
“Neustar and the NTIA have had a long and rich partnership. They built and grew the .US domain into an industry leader,” said Neustar President and CEO Charlie Gottdiener. “Neustar will continue to provide it’s exceptional service. It will strengthen and grow the legacy of the .US namespace. It will be an engine for economic growth and innovation.”
Neustar has operated the .us registry since 2001. The Department of Commerce selected it to launch and manage the United States’ country code top-level domain. Upon completion of the contract, it will take to 28 years Neustar has operated the .us registry. 2.1 million .us domain names are under this management.
On 1 October 1998, the NSF transferred oversight of .us to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the United States Department of Commerce. In December 2000, these responsibilities were transferred to Network Solutions. Recently Verisign acquired it and then in 2001 to Neustar.
Neustar is the third largest provider of backend registry services. It is the largest when it comes to the number of new generic top-level domains with 265.