Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Francis Suarez Herald Arrival of .MIAMI Domain Name.

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Mayor Tomás Regalado, speaks at a press conference Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Miami City Hall about the launching of .Miami domain.

(Miami, FL September 17, 2015) – Today, Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Francis Suarez announced that beginning October 2, 2015, Miami will become the third city in the United States to have a dedicated top-level Internet domain name. .MIAMI will join New York (.nyc) and Las Vegas (.vegas) in creating a global internet identity through which the City’s businesses, communities, and residents – and anyone who wants to be associated with Miami – can clearly identify themselves with the Magic City and its internationally recognized brand. “We applaud Commissioner Francis Suarez’s initiative and sponsorship of the legislation that made the .MIAMI domain possible,” said Mayor Regalado.

“This is a very proud moment for me. When the idea came to me about competing for the Miami domain at ICANN it was a clear no brainer,” stated Commissioner Suarez. “It was a win-win for the City of Miami. This is about Miami’s brand. A brand that is global in nature and I think as a commissioner it is our duty to build on our brand.”

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City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez speaks at a press conference Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Miami City Hall about the launching of .Miami domain.

“Everyone wants to be a part of Miami and the launch of the .MIAMI domain establishes a unique Internet presence for us,” stated Mayor Regalado. “Public departments, local businesses and residents can now demonstrate their passion for Miami with a .MIAMI domain and in doing so, elevate our visibility and reputation on the Internet stage.”

Among the first to publicly express their support for .MIAMI ahead of launch include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports the arts and entrepreneurship in Miami; the premiere private venue, The Temple House; and the world’s leading domain registrar, GoDaddy.

The .MIAMI domain is operated by Minds + Machines, a leading domain name registry, in cooperation with the City of Miami. A significant portion of the revenue generated from the sale of the .MIAMI domain names will be disbursed to the City.

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Kevin Burns City of Miami Chief Information Officer, speaks at a press conference Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Miami City Hall about the launching of .Miami domain.

.MIAMI domain names will go on sale starting October 2 on a first-come, first-served basis. Standard domain names such as companyname.miami will typically cost about $20 a year, with Premium Names such as realestate.miami or business.miami, priced higher. GoDaddy, a key partner of .MIAMI, is taking advance orders for domain names ahead of the October 2 opening. Through GoDaddy.miami, interested users can apply for a .MIAMI domain name at a significant discount from normal prices.

.MIAMI is a new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) established as a part of the historic expansion of the Internet naming system administered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Over seven million domain names have now been registered across several hundred new top-level domains.

To learn more about .MIAMI and how it can help promote your business or activity, or to find a participating registrar, please visit www.my.miami. To pre-register a domain name, go directly to www.GoDaddy.miami.

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CEO of Minds + Machines Antony Van Couvering