Can a Registry Operator offer a “landrush period” at the start of its General Registration?

General Registration begins on the first day that domain names are generally made available to all registrants that are qualified to register domain names in the TLD. A “landrush period” that meets the above description would be considered General Registration. If, however, the “landrush period” has eligibility requirements that limit the availability of domain names to registrants satisfying certain conditions, then the “landrush period” would be considered a Limited Registration Period and not the beginning of General Registration. Because a Limited Registration Period cannot overlap with the Claims Period, it also cannot overlap with General Registration. Registry Operators are encouraged to be clear in defining their periods so as to aid the Community’s understanding and to avoid questions about compliance with the TMCH Requirements.

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