The ecosystem and the internet have something in common: both are a shared resource, common to everyone. Which means that both are susceptible to exploitation by self-interested parties not acting in the best interest of everyone.
On the internet, we try to fight that pollution, just like in the ecosystem.
Today those two worlds come together with the introduction of the new .eco TLD.
One thing to note about .eco: this TLD is particularly aimed for those whose work is directly involved in ecology. Registrants do need to fill out a .eco profile with the registry after registering and while these will only be subject to random verifications, profiles are public and can be reported.
For now, .eco is in the Sunrise phase, which will last until April 2 at 8:59 AM PDT. Domains registered in this phase require a TMCH registration. However, you can still register now for any of the other two phases. Domains in the Sunrise phase will cost $349.98* .
The Landrush phase begins April 18 at 9:00 AM PDT and goes until April 25, 2017 at 8:59 AM PDT. In the Landrush phase, .eco domains are $199.83*. This phase is for those without a TMCH registration who are nonetheless willing to pay a premium to reserve a desirable domain.
And finally .eco will enter the GoLive phase on April 25 at 9:00 AM PDT. Domains purchased in the GoLive phase, the final release phase, will cost $95.44* per year at A rates.
Register a .eco?
*Prices in USD. See .eco page for local pricing.