1&1 Nixes Bid for .MAIL TLD; .GMX Still in the Mix

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Following ICANN’s historic allowance for entities to register new gTLDs, a public comment period is ongoing.

Just last year, the organization announced that 1,930 domain suffixes were applied for. Included among them were proposed TLDs like .BLOG, .INC, .BUY and .HOME.

One such company which participated in the application process was top domain registrar and web host 1&1 Internet which sought to register the .MAIL gTLD – also applied for by other companies including tech giant Google.

The web host, however, recently changed course and will now not seek the domain suffix after some entities challenged the move.

“Due to some objections from organizations including the US Postal Service and the Australian government, a closed model for .mail is no longer possible. Therefore, we have withdrawn our application so we can move forward on other TLDs for which we have applied,” explained the company in remarks to Ping! Zine.

Despite that, 1&1 Internet is still in the mix to receive the .GMX TLD, noted a report from Domain Name Wire on Tuesday. The company is one of the world’s largest web hosts and operates as a subsidiary of the German-based United Internet. The .MAIL gTLD would have been ideal for 1&1 considering that United Internet owns Mail.com, a web portal.