SOURCE: CentralNic, Ltd.

May 03, 2007 06:05 ET

Los Angeles Has Its Own Domain Name

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 -- LA Names and CentralNic, Ltd. have completed the transfer of the .LA domain name to the CentralNic system. Dot LA has been available as the domain name designation for Los Angeles since 2001 and is now available on a wide scale. This means that businesses and organizations can now register domains like "MyBusiness.LA" or "MyName.LA."

CentralNic CEO Dan Schindler stated, "We're delighted to be working with LA Names. Especially since we have recently opened our U.S. branch office in the Los Angeles area. The Dot LA domain name presents a great opportunity for businesses and other entities interested in marketing their products, ideas, or services in Los Angeles to create their own LA identity."

LA Names CEO Raedene McGary stated, "We chose CentralNic due to their flexibility and knowledge of the domain name landscape. We are very optimistic that .LA has a great future."

Although the .LA domain name is most popular for Los Angeles businesses, it is offered by resellers all over the world. One of .LA's top selling registrars, Key Systems, is actually located in Germany, where domain name registrations are very popular. "We have promoted .LA for many years and the migration to CentralNic has gone exceptionally well," said Thorsten Smeets, International Business Manager at Key Systems.

CentralNic recently performed a complete upgrade of its registry system. This was a complex and detailed undertaking but was accomplished flawlessly over a period of over six months. The CTO of CentralNic, Gavin Brown, managed the task and, in the process, completely updated CentralNic's technology to the latest industry standards. He stated, "CentralNic believes in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to standards and protocols in the Domain Name Business. It's not uncommon for us to have the newest standards in place way ahead of time. That's just the way we do things."

Registering a .LA domain name only costs $50.00 per year and can be purchased from most domain registrars. The domain works exactly the same as a .com or .net web address and gives registrants a specific Los Angeles identity. For more information point your Internet browser to WWW.LA.

About CentralNic

Founded in 1995, CentralNic is a global domain name registry helping Internet users establish new and distinctive domain names with regional and country-specific identities. CentralNic's registry operates a portfolio of over 20 distinctive domain names.

About LA Names

LA Names Corporation has been granted responsibility for operating the .LA top level domain by the Government of Laos. Based in Guernsey, LA Names is committed to spreading awareness of the .LA TLD to the residents of Los Angeles, and to the world at large.

Contact Information

  • For More Information on CentralNic:

    US Contact:
    Joe Alagna
    e-mail: joe@us.com
    Phone: +1 (909) 606 9175

    UK Contact:
    Jenny White
    e-mail: jenny@centralnic.com
    Phone: +44 (0) 870 017 0900

    For More Information on LA Names:

    UK Contact:
    Raedene McGary
    e-mail: corp@lanames.la
    Phone: +44 (0) 208 785 4019