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September 20, 2018

fTLD to auction select .BANK Common Community Names beginning today with the first set of names to close for bids on October 11, 2018.

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August 7, 2018

Junior Payne, DNS Security Expert, Suggestions for a Successful DNS Migration without Disrupting DNSSEC

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July 5, 2018

Updated fTLD Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Cookie Statement

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June 26, 2018

fTLD to auction off some of its Common Community Names on July 25, 2018.

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June 19, 2018

fTLD approves modification to Security Requirement #6 for DNSSEC on MX Resource Records.

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March 7, 2018

fTLD issues Request for Proposal (RFP) to allocate the Reserved Name PEOPLES. Please see more information here.

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January 17, 2018

Updated fTLD Privacy Policy

fTLD periodically reviews its Policies to ensure they reflect the ever-evolving environment in which we operate and serve the best interests of the global banking and insurance communities and their customers. fTLD’s Privacy Policy provides important information on the collection and use of personal data, as a result of your use of [...]

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January 8, 2018

fTLD Registry Services’ (fTLD) domains, .BANK and .INSURANCE, will become the first non-Google Top-Level Domains (TLDs) to enforce HTTPS secure encryption via the HSTS preload list beginning January 18, 2018.

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December 5, 2017

fTLD’s .BANK and .INSURANCE domains get security boost in web browsers with their addition to the preload list for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). This security policy will enforce secure connections between web browsers and all websites across .BANK and .INSURANCE.

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September 15, 2017

fTLD has created new tools for .BANK registrants looking to migrate to their new domains. The Registrant Security Requirements and fTLD Operations Pledge, are available at: https://www.register.bank/security.

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September 5, 2017

Adam Palmer, Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Cyber Security Advisor to fTLD, Comments on ICANN’s Plan to Conduct Root Zone KSK Rollover.

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August 23, 2017

Andrew Kennedy, Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Cyber Security Advisor to fTLD, Comments on Strengthening Trust in Email Communications

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August 8, 2017

fTLD announces the availability of a new resource and tool, Secure Your Browser, for .BANK registrants to inform customers and visitors to their websites about why and how to Secure Your Browser and they are accessible at https://www.register.bank/resources/.

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August 2, 2017

A blueprint for marketing .BANK identity takes shape merging both security and branding features.

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July 11, 2017

Three Hack Attacks that Banks are watching – and what they are doing about them.

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July 7, 2017

fTLD issues Request for Proposal (RFP) to Allocate Reserved Name. Please see more information here.

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June 29, 2017

Are community banks keeping up with the technology needs of their clients? A look at fintech adoption among community banks.

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June 21, 2017

What is the value of cybersecurity to your small community bank? Frank Hall, Executive Vice President and COO of Summit Bank (www.summit.bank) sat down with fTLD to explain Summit Bank’s layered security approach saying, ”There is no greater reputational risk to a community bank these days than a major cyber attack.” Learn how Summit utilizes a .BANK domain, incorporates client-based tools and prioritizes security awareness.

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June 15, 2017

fTLD shares updates and reminders about current programs and available materials in our Newsletter for .BANK registrants.

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June 5, 2017

.BANK Influencer Series: Rob Nichols | President and CEO of American Bankers Association (ABA)

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May 30, 2017

.BANK Influencer Series: Chris Lorence | Executive Vice President of Member Engagement and Strategy for ICBA

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May 22, 2017

.BANK Influencer Series: Camden Fine | President and CEO of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

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May 18, 2017

.BANK Influencer Series: Tanya Andreasyan | Journalist

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May 15, 2017

fTLD continues to develop resources to assist .BANK registrants in activating their domain names. The newest resource is the Quick Start Guide and it’s accessible at https://www.register.bank/guide/.

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May 8, 2017

.BANK Influencer Interview Series: Bailey Reutzel | Journalist, Writer, Fintech Specialist.

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May 1, 2017

Andrew Kennedy, Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Cybersecurity Advisor to fTLD, Comments on Preventing DNS Hijacking through Multifactor Authentication.

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April 24, 2017

fTLD is committed to periodically reviewing its Security Requirements to ensure they are responsive to changing needs in security and the banking and insurance communities. fTLD’s Board of Directors recently approved changes to the Security Requirements.

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April 21, 2017

fTLD’s Operating Manager recently approved a revision to the use restriction applicable to Service Providers that removes the prohibition on using a .BANK domain name for marketing purposes. The use restriction specified in the Implementation Guidelines annexed to the Registrant Eligibility Policy for .BANK, accessible at https://www.register.bank/policies, has been updated to reflect this change.

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April 19, 2017

fTLD has extended the Trademark Claims period for .BANK to June 22, 2018.

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April 17, 2017

.BANK Influencer Interview Series: Chris Skinner | Top Fintech Influencer, Author, Speaker

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March 21, 2017

fTLD has talked to bank executives from around the world and here’s what they’ve said about the business case for .BANK.

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March 7, 2017

Andrew Kennedy, Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Cybersecurity Advisor to fTLD, Comments on Protecting Your Brand’s Email Channel

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February 27, 2017

Need a Marketing Boost? Here’s How a .BANK Domain Can Help: For every organization – whether in banking or elsewhere – keeping a brand fresh is important to stay relevant with consumers. At fTLD, we talk to banks around the world about their most pressing needs. Marketing is often at the top of the [...]

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February 23, 2017

fTLD launches its LinkedIn .BANK showcase page! We are excited to build a vibrant network of banking, finance and technology professionals and we hope that you actively join the conversation.

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January 12, 2017

fTLD Announces Approved Third-Party Providers.

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December 9, 2016

fTLD Posts Guides to Leveraging an fTLD Domain to Assist Registrants in Planning and Activating their .BANK and .INSURANCE Domain Names.

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December 1, 2016

fTLD issues updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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October 25, 2016

Andrew Kennedy, Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Cybersecurity Advisor to fTLD, Comments on Security and Trust in .BANK and .INSURANCE Domain Names.

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October 24, 2016

fTLD Posts Application for Third-Party Providers to Assist .BANK and .INSURANCE Registrants

To assist .BANK and .INSURANCE registrants with options for third-party providers that can help them comply with any of fTLD Registry Services’ (fTLD) Security Requirements, fTLD invites qualified providers to submit an Application so they may be considered for inclusion on a list [...]

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October 6, 2016

fTLD issues updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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September 16, 2016

fTLD issues Request for Proposal (RFP) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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August 22, 2016

fTLD Posts Issues Report and Proposed Amendments to Registrant Eligibility Policies for .BANK and .INSURANCE

fTLD, in consultation with its Advisory Council, and consistent with its Policy Development Process Policy, has proposed Amendments to the Registrant Eligibility Policies for .BANK and .INSURANCE to include a new class of registrant, eligible for automatic approval, for regulated/supervised holding [...]

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August 16, 2016

fTLD to make available single-character and certain two-letter names in .BANK and .INSURANCE

Previously reserved names in .BANK and .INSURANCE will become available on first-come, first-served basis subject to fTLD’s Registrant Eligibility and Name Selection Policies. As these names are deemed premium they are subject to a higher initial and renewal registration fee. Please consult with [...]

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June 27, 2016

.INSURANCE and .BANK Tell Consumer Safety Story And Share Lessons Learned

One year after fTLD Registry Services debuted our first financial internet web extension, .BANK, we launched .INSURANCE – the place for members of the global insurance community to enhance and differentiate their online presence in the marketplace. We want to share with you in this [...]

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May 15, 2016

One Year Later, 45% of U.S. Banks Own a New .BANK Domain Name

It’s been one year since the .BANK internet web extension launched in May 2015, and the global number of registrations now stands at over 5,900. In this initial year, 45% of banks in the U.S. have registered domain names – according to fTLD’s latest 

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May 14, 2016

fTLD posts 2016 Security Requirements, FAQ about recent modifications and redline of changes from 2014.

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April 18, 2016

fTLD extends timeline to May 31, 2016, for responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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February 16, 2016

fTLD issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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December 16, 2015

fTLD blogs about registration numbers in .BANK.

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December 3, 2015

fTLD blogs about registration numbers in .BANK.

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November 16, 2015

Domain Names Increasingly Becoming More Relevant, Not Less

When it comes to attracting new customers, your business website is the one-stop shop for introducing potential buyers to your mission, your products and your team. But with all the competing chatter about the role of social media and mobile apps, it’s harder than ever to get customers [...]

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November 12, 2015

fTLD issues Study on use of redirection in .BANK.

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October 21, 2015

fTLD blogs about registration numbers in .BANK.

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September 30, 2015

fTLD issues Request for Proposal (RFP) to Allocate Reserved Names. Please see more information here.

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August 28, 2015

fTLD’s Board of Directors approves Advisory Council supported modifications to the following four Policies and/or their Implementation Guidelines:

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July 23, 2015

fTLD announces success of .BANK launch.

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July 9, 2015

fTLD issues Advisory on use of redirection in .BANK.

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June 18, 2015

.BANK Launches into General Availability – More than 700 applications during sunrise period

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June 2, 2015

fTLD selects Architelos to monitor security, protect consumers in the .BANK and .INSURANCE domains.

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May 14, 2015

fTLD announces .BANK Sunrise period to open on May 18, 2015 at 00:00:00 UTC (8pm EDT and check http://bit.ly/1zQphew for your local time). Please see the media fact sheet.

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March 31, 2015

fTLD announces Heather Diaz joins as Director, Compliance and Policy.

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March 30, 2015

fTLD issues Community Service Announcement regarding entities authorized to provide domain name registration services for .BANK.

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February 23, 2015

fTLD Registry signs contract with ICANN to operate .INSURANCE. See news release and contract.

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January 9, 2015

fTLD submits letter to ICANN re: Enhanced Consumer Protection Safeguards in .BANK and .INSURANCE.

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December 19, 2014

fTLD submits letter to ICANN providing updated security requirements recommended by its community-based security requirements working group. These requirements supersede those developed in 2011 by the American Bankers Association and the Financial Services Roundtable that ICANN included by reference in [...]

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December 8, 2014

fTLD selects Symantec Corporation as verification agent.

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October 15, 2014

Financial services trade associations from around the world submit comments to ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee regarding their response to Governmental Advisory Committee Advice on safeguards for financial gTLDs. See letters here and here.

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September 29, 2014

fTLD Registry signs contract with ICANN to operate .bank. See news release and FAQ and contract.

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September 17, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP letter to ICANN, on behalf of fTLD Registry Services, requesting ICANN respond to Weil’s letter on August 28, 2014, regarding Donuts invoking the Cooperative Engagement Process with ICANN for Auburn Park, LLC’s (a Donuts’ company) application for .insurance.

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September 17, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Documentary Information Disclosure Policy request to ICANN, on behalf of fTLD Registry Services, for any communications or written agreement between Donuts and ICANN relating to extending the time for Donuts to file an Independent Review Process for its application for .insurance.

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September 4, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP letter to ICANN, on behalf of fTLD Registry Services, responding to Donuts invoking the Cooperative Engagement Process with ICANN for Auburn Park, LLC’s (a Donuts’ company) application for .insurance.

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April 22, 2014

fTLD Registry Services publishes Request for Proposals (RFP) for verification services. Proposals are due by May 28, 2014.

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February 14, 2014

fTLD Registry Services is now the sole, remaining applicant for the .insurance gTLD after the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) prevailed in its community objection to Dotfresh’s application for .insurance. The International Chamber of Commerce, ICANN’s selected dispute resolution service provider, found in favor of FSR and the decision is available here. As reported on January [...]

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January 15, 2014

fTLD Registry Services is now one of two remaining applicants for the .insurance gTLD after the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) prevailed in its community objection to Auburn Park, LLC’s (a Donuts company) application for .insurance. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), ICANN’s selected dispute resolution service provider, found in favor of FSR and the decision [...]

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December 20, 2013

fTLD Registry Services announces the formation of its Advisory Council.

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December 9, 2013

fTLD Registry Services is the sole, remaining applicant for the .bank gTLD after the International Banking Federation (IBFed) prevailed in its community objection to Dotsecure’s application for .bank. The International Chamber of Commerce, ICANN’s selected dispute resolution service provider, found in favor of the IBFed and the decision is available here. With this news, fTLD [...]

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August 19, 2013

fTLD Registry Services has issued an Expressions of Interest and Rules and Operating Procedures for its to-be-established Advisory Council. The formation of the Advisory Council is consistent with fTLD’s community applications and its Affirmation of Commitments and is a mechanism by which fTLD will invite community participation and stakeholder engagement that will serve to inform [...]

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July 10, 2013

fTLD Registry Services’ Board of Directors approved this Affirmation of Commitments that sets out fTLD’s commitments to the respective financial service communities to operating any acquired gTLDs fairly, transparently, and in a non-discriminatory manner.

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