Rules for the .BS Domain and Sub-Domains

1. PURPOSE

    The purpose of this document is to describe the rules for the allocation of names within the .BS domain and its sub-domains. BSNIC is responsible for the administration of the .BS domain.
2. PROCESS DETAIL
    2.1 The rules given here apply to all requests for names in the .BS domain and all sub-domains of .BS except where differing rules exist for a sub-domain. The rules for a sub-domain shall incorporate all the rules in this document along with such additional rules that are required. Agreement of the Management of BSNIC shall be required if the rules of a sub-domain are to exclude any of the rules of this document. Their agreement shall not unreasonably be withheld.

    2.2 Where a dispute over the interpretation of the rules exists, the Management of BSNIC shall rule on the interpretation.

    2.3 All NEW second-level domain requests made to BSNIC shall conform to the rules applying at the time of registration.

    2.4 All NEW third-level domain requests will conform to RFCs 1034, 1035, 1122, 1123 and any subsequent replacements.

    2.5 If the rules are changed in the future, some names approved under one set of rules might be rejected under the revised rules. No rule change will ever affect the status of a name which has been approved before the change unless sound technical reasons require this.

3. MANDATORY RULES FOR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAINS
    3.1 Certain three letter names are reserved, such as com.bs, org.bs, edu.bs, gov.bs, and all three letter country code names listed in ISO-3166.

    3.2  All one-character domains (e.g. [a-z].bs) and two-character domains are reserved for possible future sub-domain usage.

    3.3 There shall be at least two name servers for the domain (with addresses specified in the request) operating at the time the request is submitted. There is no restriction on the IP address of these name servers, but they must be reachable on the Internet at the time of application.

4. MANDATORY RULES FOR THIRD-LEVEL DOMAINS
    4.1 All one character domains (e.g. [a-z].xxx.bs) are reserved to cater for possible future sub-domain usage.

    4.2 There shall be at least two name servers for the domain (with addresses specified in the request) operating at the time the request is submitted. There is no restriction on the IP address of these name servers, but they must be reachable on the Internet at the time of application.

    4.3 Third-level registrations shall be allowed in the following sub-domains of the .bs domain with the restrictions given:

    • .COM.BS
    • .NET.BS
    • .ORG.BS
    • .EDU.BS is reserved for Bahamian educational institutions and educational institutions with presence in The Bahamas
    • .GOV.BS is reserved for Bahamas Government ministries and agencies.