Why is .gov only for US government agencies?

Bryan Fields Bryan at bryanfields.net
Mon Oct 20 15:09:27 UTC 2014

On 10/19/14, 8:05 AM, Matthew Petach wrote:
> 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?
> With the exception of the cctlds, shouldn't the
> top-level gtlds be generically open to anyone
> regardless of borders?
> Would love to get any info about the history
> of the decision to make it US-only.

The USA funded the early internet and so it got to make it's own legacy rules.


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