LACTLD shares the histories of its associate members that were included in the 20th Anniversary Publication. In this article, we present the historical review of .DO.
The delegation of the .DO country code top-level domain by IANA happened on August 25, 1991. This delegation took place during the first stage of the CUNet (Caribbean University Project), the initiative from the OAS undertaken to set up an academic, scientific, technological and research network among the universities in the Caribbean. During these first years, the .DO was in custody of the University of Puerto Rico, until its administration was finally delegated to the Dominican country.
In 1995, the administration of .DO was transferred to the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher), in the Dominican Republic. Two years later, in 1997, the infrastructure allowing the complete operation of .DO was set up in the country. In order to perform these tasks, the NIC .DO was created, which would then be responsible for the administration of this ccTLD and would be in charge of providing services regarding the information and registration of domain names. At the same time, the first national policy for the registration of domain names was introduced. These events marked the formal beginning of .DO operations in the Dominican country.
As of 1997, NIC .DO began to build relationships with other similar institutions and engaged in the global Internet community by participating in several forums and meetings with regional and global entities such as ICANN, LACTLD, LACNIC, and some others.
The work NIC .DO has been doing throughout these years has focused on the constant improvement of both its infrastructure and its policies and procedures.
*The original history is included in the LACTLD 20th Anniversary Publication.