European Domains: Iceland (.is)
Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the Icelandic domain type, ie. “is”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.is” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.
The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.
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Once the domain is registered
All Icelandic domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.
It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for Icelandic domains.
Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another Icelandic domain name registrar.
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ISNIC - Internet á Íslandi hf. manages the registry for the .is country-code top-level domain
ISNIC (Internet á Íslandi hf.) was founded in 1995 in order to operate the Icelandic Internet (ISnet).
ISNIC was established. However the initial connections to the European EUnet network were run under the auspices of the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Marine Research Institute.
The Icelandic network grew rapidly and by 1995 the members of the above organizations decided that the network's operation needed to be established in a formal manner. The network was, at this time, used by all Internet users in Iceland, including the Universities, the government, large companies and the rest of the educational system. Most of the user companies etcetera became shareholders in the new company. ISNIC grew rapidly during its first years of operation it became
Iceland's first member of RIPE and was allocated the first IP addresses in Iceland (188.8.131.52/16), the first Autonomous System number (1850) and inherited the management role for the .IS ccTLD, which had been delegated to SURIS in 1988 by IANA.
In 2001 ISNIC was restructured as a smaller company responsible for the .IS ccTLD management and in 2007, Internet á Íslandi hf. was acquired by a group of investors and subsequently merged with Modernus ehf. the operators of the icelandic coordinated web measurement system. These measurements continue under the ISNIC name.
Today ISNIC concentrates on three core competencies; (1) Operating the .IS ccTLD (country-code Top-Level Domain), (2) Operating the Reykjavik Internet Exchange, and (3) The Icelandic coordinated web traffic measurement system.
Currently the following criteria needs to be met in order to register a ".is" domain name:
• Only letters of the English alphabet;
• Numerals (0-9);
• Hyphen (-);
• The Icelandic letters á, æ, é, ð, í, ó, ö, þ, ú and ý
• A domain name shall not begin or end with a hyphen, and shall not contain a hyphen in both third and fourth position. (Due to the IDN's punycode wich allows the Icelandic characters to be registered in the domain name.)
• A domain name, including the ending .is, shall not be longer then 66 letters. ACE encoding of a domain name shall not be longer than 59 letters. (The encoding used in International domain names IDN's)
The ISNIC currently operates on a "first come, first served" basis. This applies if there are numerous applications for the same domain name.
The registrant is responsible for ensuring that the registered ".is" domain is within the limits of Icelandic law. The registrant is also responsible for payments of any fees regarding delegation and renewal of the domain name.
The following second level domain names are currently managed by the ISNIC:
|.is||A foreign registrant may request a ".is" domain|
|edu.is||For the educational system|
|gov.is||For governmental entities|
|org.is||For organisations and charities|
A ".is" domain is valid for one year at a time. However if the annual renewal fee has not been received by the domain's expiration date the ".is" domain will be suspended by ISNIC. If suspended more than 60 days the ISNIC will remove the domain name from the registry and the rights to the domain then become void and the domain becomes available for registration again.
Should the registrant of a domain decide to change custodian, which implies changes in the delegation records, the domain's administrative or technical contact requests such a change via the appropriate ISNIC web form. Should ISNIC perform the redelegation a fee is charged to the billing contact.
.IS delegation requirements are as follows:
1. The nameservers must be registered with ISNIC.
2. Nameservers must allow connection to UDP port 53, and to TCP port 53 as well.
3. SOA records must be correctly formatted:
a. Master nameserver correctly named in the MNAME field.
b. Working mailbox of responsible party in RNAME field.
c. Times (refresh, retry and expire) according to RFC1912
4. TTL for NS records not lower than 24 hours.
5. Correct NS records. Properly registered in the appropriate zones, both forward and reverse. i.e. the nameserver's name must be included in the PTR record set for the nameserver's IP address.
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.
In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.
Foreign entities which use ".is" include my.is, a message board about the Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 cars.
ISNIC is the sponsor.
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