ⓘ .ee


ⓘ .ee

  • .fie.ee – self-employed people sole proprietors as defined in the Commercial Code.
  • .med.ee – medical/health care institutions.
  • .org.ee – non-profit organizations and projects.
  • .lib.ee – libraries.
  • .pri.ee – individuals.
  • .com.ee – companies incorporated entities as defined in the Commercial Code.
  • .edu.ee – educational institutions and projects.

1. History

The top-level domain.ee was introduced in 1992 and was operated by EENet until July 2010. The administrator of.ee domain was the academic Endel Lippmaa. There was a limit of one domain name per legal entity, and registrations of additional names to protect trademarks were specifically denied because "The domain name has no trademark status". As domains under.ee were meant to be an institutions identification on the Internet like the register code in the commercial register, registration of additional domains in the defense of a trademark or a name form is not possible. Valid registrations were free of charge.


2. Domain relaunch

The new order of registration of.ee TLD became available on 5 July 2010. Estonian Internet Foundation took over.ee ccTLD registry functions from EENet. All existing domains registered before the transition had to be re-registered during a 6-month transition period which ended on 5 January 2011. Registration services can be done through accredited registrars listed on Estonian Internet Foundation website.


3. After relaunch

New.ee domain rules allow unlimited number of domains to be registered by private and legal persons directly under.ee. Foreign entities and persons can register.ee domains. Domain disputes are handled by Domain Disputes Committee. Domains can be registered and renewed for 1, 2 and 3 years.


4. Registration fee

Registration fee for registrars is set to 6, 12, 18 euros in 2017 depending on the registration period. The final cost is influenced by competition on the market.


5. Criticism

The new order of domain registering in 2010 was met with great controversy. The relaunch of the registry was at one point delayed to be reassessed. When the relaunch was finalized, the annual fee for a.ee domain was announced to be 285 Estonian kroons 18.2 euros plus tax, which was met with wide criticism. A list of shortcomings was presented in a public notice to Estonian Internet Foundation by Tõnu Samuel and Jaan Janesmae, mentioning that the.ee domain had become the most expensive TLD in Europe. Their cause gained over 800 supporters on Facebook.

The NGO Estonian Internet Community was founded partly as a reaction to the controversial domain reform with 22 founding members. Its board is made up of Tõnu Samuel, Elver Loho and Heiti Kender. Recently it noted on its blog that several of its members had lost faith in the possibility of any sort of compromise and had independently written e-mails to IANA asking them to step in to resolve the controversy.

Over the following years the annual fee has gradually dropped, reaching 6 euros on 1 January 2017.

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