Postal services get exclusive '.post' address

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Global postal services will soon have their own address on the Internet, after the web's authority for assigning domain names ICANN, said on Friday that it had approved the new address dot post (.post).

Global postal services will soon have their own address on the Internet, after the web's authority for assigning domain names ICANN, said on Friday that it had approved the new address dot post (.post).

The managing rights of the .post top level domain name were granted to the UN's Universal Postal Union, which will set up the rules on which organisations the address could be attributed to.

"People who access a .post site will immediately recognise it as belonging to a valid postal service or provider of postal services," said the UPU, calling it "a piece of real estate space on the ."

The .post domains are expected to be online by the second half of 2010 after the UPU and the (ICANN) signed the agreement here

Although letters are commonly dubbed 'snail mail' in the Internet world, many national postal services have expanded their online presence and services in recent years, and play a key part in delivering e-commerce goods.

"Postal services will explore new frontiers and basically go where no postal services have gone before," UPU Director General Edouard Dayan promised.

(c) 2009 AFP


Explore further

Briefs: ICANN Internet conference opens in N.Z.

Citation: Postal services get exclusive '.post' address (2009, December 11) retrieved 19 September 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-postal-exclusive.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Dec 11, 2009
Lets hope the first thing that this new 'space' provides is an accurate global addressing system with a single postcode system, based on GPS coordinates. Getting 'snail mail' from one place to another over international boundaries has been a logistical nightmare for all but a small group of pioneering package carriers - and even they can still not deliver to some areas due to simple 'address issues'.

If the Postal Services have a central resource for locating and identifying international addresses accurately, quickly and cost effectively, then the letter may once again rise from the digital ashes - not to mention getting those packages to customers in the most remote areas.

Google Maps? Global PostCode Standard? Taking GPS coordenates and presenting them as alpha-numeric codes that are acceptable in every postal service on Earth ... how difficult can that be? ;-)

With proposals like this, it is always a 'simple' matter of cooperation.

Dec 11, 2009
Good comment by RayCherry. I agree GPS could help. I also believe one of the central issues is when you move, you're supposed to let every single person and entity know where you moved or have the PO forward it from where you were. It makes sense to make the change of address in one place and have the carrier (any carrier) access your current address from a database. The USPS currently scans the address now, why not scan a permanent "virtual" address? It just so happens.......... This is shown on a video by none other than me ;) Here's the link:
http://www.youtub...mSBE1whA


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more