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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

What do I need to do if I already have a .ky domain?

You have to renew your registration.  Just click here or go to the ‘Registering A Domain’ page on the ICTA’s website and follow the instructions on how to manage and/or renew your domain name(s). Please note there is an annual fee of US$39.88 for all to renew and maintain your .ky domain.

If I do not have a .ky domain but want one what do I need to do?

First, you need to determine if the .ky domain or domains you want are available.  You can do this by clicking here where you will be asked to type in the domain name you want to register. If it is available you will be taken to the homepage of our partner, Uniregistry, where you can then register the .ky domain you want.

What if I have a .ky domain but do not use it or do not want to pay to keep it?

If your .ky domain was expired and unclaimed and the ICTA did not hear from you on or before 2 September 2015, your domain name was automatically released and made available for registration both locally and internationally.

I have a .ky domain name but I no longer want it. What do I do?

You should have received an email that was sent to the email address associated with your .ky domain.  Please respond to that email to officially confirm that you no longer want your .ky domain name.  If you have not received the email, please send an email to registryadmin@icta.ky advising of your decision.  Please note that if we did not hear from you on or before 2 September 2015, your domain name was automatically released and made available for registration both locally and internationally.

Why are we starting to charge for the .ky domain?

The ICTA needs to improve and secure the domain register, which is currently on an antiquated system that does not meet international legal requirements.  Significant work needs to be done, and increased manpower used in order to bring the registry up to standard.  The US$39.88 annual fee will be used to support this.  The new fee will also give the domain some structure allowing the ICTA to manage it better in partnership with Uniregistry, provide more accountability to registered owners and encourage them to use dormant KY domains.

Who is managing the domain now?

ICTA owns and regulates the .ky domain; Uniregistry will manage and promote it both locally and internationally initially for the first year.

Who am I registering the domain from?

You are registering the .ky domain from Uniregistry, a locally-based global domain name registration service who has been hired by the ICTA to manage the domain.  They get a small percentage of the fee, but the bulk is passed on to the ICTA.

Who is Uniregistry?

Uniregistry is a locally-based global domain name registration service which provides infrastructure services to corporations wishing to operate their own domains.  The company offers a wide range of services and tools for domain registration and management, and has more than 1 million domain names under management across all extensions (e.g. .sexy, .pics, .christmas, .link, .tattoo).  For more information, visit www.uniregistry.ky.

Were other companies asked to bid to provide this service to the ICTA? If not, why?

No.  Not in this first phase.  The ICTA needed the expertise and experience that Uniregistry offers in order to assess the global worth of .ky.  and lay the initial foundation for the marketing of .ky.  The fact that Uniregistry is located in the Cayman Islands was also a factor when choosing a partner.  We entered into a one-year contract with Uniregistry.  After this time, we believe we will be in a better position to create a request for proposals that will be sent out both locally and internationally for a long-term contract to manage the domain registry and continue to market .ky.  Uniregistry will have an equal opportunity to bid for the job.

Why are you going to allow people from outside the Cayman Islands to have a .ky domain?

We believe there is a good market for the .ky domain outside Cayman.  It will be good for many sectors in Cayman including the financial and shipping sectors.  It is also something we think will help promote Cayman as a jurisdiction.

Why are you charging more than other domains like .com?

The .ky fee was set after researching prices in other comparable countries, and is actually less than other similar jurisdictions.  For example, The Bahamas charges US$500 for its .bs domain names, the Isle of Man charges around US$100 for .im domains while the fee to register a Barbados domain name (.bb) is US$119.

The annual fee of US$39.88 for all will not increase, and may actually decrease if the .ky domain attracts a significant amount of registrations.

Will charities also have to pay for their .ky domain?

Yes, charities will also have to pay for their .ky domain.  The Cayman Islands Government will also have to pay for its .gov.ky domains.

Why should I have a domain for my business if I just want email?

A domain allows you to brand your business.  It identifies your company to your customers.

Do I have to get a website once I get a domain?

No. You can have an email using your domain without having a website.  Speak to a local IT company and they can help you set this up.

How do I get email once I have my domain?

There are a number of companies in the Cayman Islands as well as online that can set up an email address that is connected to your domain name.

Will the price go up next year when I need to renew my domain?

No, it will not.  The annual fee of US$39.88 for all will not increase, and may actually decrease if the .ky domain attracts a significant amount of registrations.

What if someone has the .ky domain name that I want and to which I feel entitled?

In October 2003, the ICTA adopted the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy as published by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") as the basis upon which it resolves disputes.

 

If you believe you are entitled to a .ky domain name which has been registered by someone else, you can register a complaint with the ICTA providing the details of the complaint and any supporting evidence.  The Dispute Resolution process then begins.

 

To submit a KY Domain Name Dispute please click here for further information.

 

All dispute resolution decisions will be published on the ICTA website (www.icta.ky/domain-disputes).