Domain Names

There is no specific legislation although some regulations on the organization and management of country code top-level domain names do exist.

Filing

Country code top-level domain name: .bs 

Sub-domains: .com.bs; .edu.bs; .net.bs; .org.bs; .gov.bs

Applicant: individuals and legal entities. 

Restriction as to nationality: none. 

Local presence: not required. 

Domestic trademark right: not required for obtaining domain name registration. 

Domain name can be registered as a trademark: yes.

Registration, Protection

Duration: one to two years.

Renewal/maintenance: one to three years, renewable. 

Note: for second-level domain names the duration is two years, with an annual renewal fee beginning from the third year. For third-level domain names the duration is one year, with an annual renewal fee beginning from the second year.

Dispute about ownership: to be brought before the Management of BSNIC. 

Uniform dispute resolution procedure: available (ICANN UDRP model) before WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. 

Other dispute providers: CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; National Arbitration Forum; Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center.

Registration Authority

Authority name: The Bahamas Network Information Centre (BSNIC), which is administered by The College of The Bahamas. 

Internet address: www.cob.edu.bs/bsnic