Bulgaria Conducts Online Poll to Find Cyrillic TLD

The most popular options for a Cyrillic Top Level Domain for Bulgarians are “.бг” and “.бгр” according to an online poll conducted by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications (MTITC) in December 2009.The two options translate as .BG and .BGR respectively, however there are concerns that .бг too closely resembles Brazil’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) of .BR.Hence the Bulgarians are keeping their options open with .бгр.According to a report in Novinite, MTITC has also organised a round table with the participation of organizations interested in the application process for the proposed new TLD. The round table would include the .BG registry Register BG, Uninet and Public Internet Registry among others.There was also a second online survey entitled “Selection and employment of registry of the domain in Cyrillic”. This survey looked at people’s attitudes about the standards to be met by the registry for the proposed new Bulgarian Cyrillic TLD. Two thirds of respondents said the administrator for the Cyrillic TLD should be different to the existing .BG registry.

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