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01|17|2008 12:15 am EDT

Red.es Giving Away Free .es Domains To Spanish Under 30s

by Adam Strong in Categories: ccTLDs

In an article noted on Telecom.NL (subscription required) , Red.es has initiated a program to give away domains to anyone under the age of 30 in an effort to boost Spanish internet usage.

 

Under 30s in Spain can register a domain name for free, says the public institution responsible for promoting the internet. . . . .

The Spanish Consejo de Ministros adopted these measures to boost internet usage in Spain. Domain Name News is not fluent in Spanish but from the website, Red.es appears to be reporting that 5,000 people have taken advantage of this promotion already. A translated version of the article from the Red.es site can be found at this google link. Potential registrants can find more information about getting a domain at the JovenesenRed.es website (Spanish only).

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2 Comments

Michele Neylon

January 18, 2008 @ 1:46 am EDT

It sounds like an interesting idea, though the signup form doesn’t offer any form of availability check. I’d also wonder how the .es resellers / registrars are going to react, as it looks like they’re being completely bypassed by the registry.
In Ireland, for example, charities qualify for free domain names, but they still go through companies such as ours. Red.es doesn’t seem to have accounted for hosting etc., unless the details are available elsewhere. I guess I’ll have to check out the main red.es site..

cvander

January 21, 2008 @ 12:03 am EDT

Free for the first year with a renewal of 32€ each. So, I guess going for a paid 6-9€/y registration service will be a better choice ;)

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