This post is to update all that are interested in knowing more about the .boston top level domain.

MMX launched the first phase of availability for the new .boston top level domain on August 1.

The “Sunrise” phase gives Boston businesses with trademarks first priority in claiming their .boston domain names through August 31. The commencement of the Sunrise phase marks a 70-day countdown until general availability of .boston domains for the public on October 10, 2017.

The next and last phase before general availability — the community phase — will commence on August 8th, at which time .boston domain names will be made available to government entities and nonprofit organizations at a discounted rate.

Starting on October 10th, names will be made available to the general public through leading registrars in the US on a first-come-first-served basis. A number of registrars will likely allow pre-registrations starting in mid-September when wider marketing initiatives for .boston begin. Domains classified by MMX as premium reserve domains can be bought before general availability, with possession given on October 10th. These names range from living and entertainment, to occupational, as well as 1, 2, and 3 character domain names. If interested, contact http://mmx.co/solutions/premium-names.

With the launch of .boston, Boston becomes only the fourth city in the US with a top level domain, providing a unique opportunity for Boston residents, businesses and local organizations to set themselves apart from competitors.