What is the .edu domain?
The .edu domain is one of the seven original top-level subdivisions of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The .edu domain is intended for accredited post-secondary educational U.S. institutions. It is managed under the authority of the United States Department of Commerce.
How does an institution apply for a name in the .edu domain?
What is the role of the U.S. Department of Commerce and iCANN have in the management of the .edu domain?
The Department of Commerce retains final authority over the membership and operations of the .edu domain. The cooperative agreement with EDUCAUSE requires the approval of both parties for substantive changes. More information on .edu policy is located at the .edu policy page.
As specified in the .edu Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the U.S. Department of Commerce, the .edu Policy Board reviews domain policies and recommends changes as needed to Commerce for approval. Please contact us if you have suggestions.
Unlike top-level domains that are subject to ICANN governance, administration of the .edu domain falls solely under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The domain's policies are set in the .edu Cooperative Agreement between Commerce and EDUCAUSE, as amended.
I understand that some recent changes in Internet rules may make it easier for someone to "hijack" my .edu domain name. Is this true?
No. The changes you've heard about ICANN transfer policy do not affect the .edu domain. These changes were put in place by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to make it easier for a domain name holder to transfer that name from one internet registrar to another. In the case of .edu names, first, there is only one registrar, EDUCAUSE, and, second, the .edu domain is not subject to ICANN regulations.
All procedures for the .edu domain remain unchanged and these procedures continue to prevent unauthorized updates to .edu registrations.