The .co domains of Colombia
by domisfera (.co (Colombia))
Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America, with a population of about 43 million.
Any person or foreign national can register a .com.co, .org.co, .net.co or .nom.co by 160,000 Colombian pesos (80,74 $) for a period of two years. The renewal fee is the same and is also biannual. It is also necessary to send a series of documents (scanned by mail, by fax or registered mail):
1) The number of their identity card, in the case of individuals and the Tax Identification Number (ILS) if they are legal persons with Colombian or foreign branch in Colombia. If they are foreign should provide the number of their identity card or tax identification of the country of origin.
2) The signed letter of responsibility where swears that the data provided are true, which was not violate the rights of any third party or brand and empowers the University of the Andes to cancel the domain if missing some of the set policies.
3) If it’s a company, it must provide the certificate from the Chamber of Commerce and whether it is an embassy, a letter from the ambassador in letterhead paper.
Domains are requested directly at Nic.co, an entity that will accept applications in the order of arrival but may also reject them if they think you can be mistaken for institutions or units of the state or international agencies or verify whether it contains false or misleading information. The registration of a domain gives the right to use the same but Nic.co but does not recognize this fact in the transmission of any right of ownership.
For each application for registration received Nic.co will send by email a notification of receipt of the application, which does not indicate that this is going to be accepted. Domains can be renewed during the last month prior to the expiration date. Failure to update the data on domain name registration may be a cause for its cancellation by the Register.
The administration of the .co domains has been managed by the University of the Andes since 1991. Now that role should be undertaken by the Ministry of Communications of Colombia, which has opted for a model of exclusive outsourcing. This means that the Registry and Registrars will be different and that one or more entities assume the administration of the Registry. Companies that are selected after the bidding process corresponding liability will manage domains already registered, maintaining the master database and allowing the Internet publication of the new domains.
There will be another bidding process to choose different to a maximum of 3 Registrars. The Ministry of Communications will hire the services of a recognized audit firm that allow you to track and control each of the bids. They also have an advisory board to guide the policies necessary for the development and promotion of ccTLDs in Colombia in accordance with the Law 1065 of 2006. This Committee shall consist of:
- The Director for Developing Sector of the Ministry of Communications.
- The Deputy Minister for Enterprise Development of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism or his delegate.
- The Director of the Special Administrative Unit for Copyrights.
- The Rector of the University of the Andes or his delegate.
- A university professor and a businessman chosen by the Minister of Communications.
The current extensions will be kept and they will consider the possibility of granting second-level domains (.co).