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.biz Unsponsored Registry Agreement | Archive

11 May 2001

On 11 May 2001, ICANN and NeuLevel entered into an Unsponsored Registry Agreement under which NeuLevel operates the .biz top-level domain. The .biz Unsponsored Registry Agreement and its appendices may be viewed by following the links below:

Registry Agreements

  • HTML (22 August 2013)
  • HTML (27 April 2010)
  • HTML (8 December 2006)
  • HTML (18 June 2003)

Assignment and Assumption Agreement(s)

NeuStar, Inc. to Registry Services, LLC (08 August 2017)

Fee Notifications

  • BIZ Fees – Effective 1 November 2015 (Published 28 January 2016)

Updates to General Notices Contact

  • PDF (6 May 2019)
  • PDF (19 December 2018)
  • PDF (30 April 2018)
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."