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

General Availability 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 Availability. 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 Availability. Because a Limited Registration Period cannot overlap with the Claims Period, it also cannot overlap with General Availability. Registry Operators are encouraged to be clear in defining their periods to aid the Community’s understanding and to avoid questions about compliance with regards to the TMCH Requirements.

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