Why is .gov only for US government agencies?

Rubens Kuhl rubensk at gmail.com
Sun Oct 19 16:35:17 UTC 2014

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Matthew Petach <mpetach at netflight.com>

> Wondering if some of the long-time list members
> can shed some light on the question--why is the
> .gov top level domain only for use by US
> government agencies?  Where do other world
> powers put their government agency domains?

Note that .mil is also restricted to US DoD, and that although .com is not
restricted to US citizens and companies, it is under contract with US DoC.
The only legacy gTLDs that are not in US control of some sort are .net and


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