edu Introduced 1985 TLD type Sponsored top-level domain Status Active Registry Educause (operated by VeriSign) Intended use Educational institutions Structure Registrations at second level permitted Documents RFC 920; RFC 1591 Website edu Home Page DNSSEC yes
The domain name edu is a sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The "domain is intended for accredited post-secondary educational U.S. institutions" and this intention is strictly enforced.
Created in January 1985 as one of the seven first generic top-level domains, the domain was originally intended for educational institutions anywhere in the world. However, due to broad usage of country-level domains by non-U.S. educational institutions, e.g., ubc.ca for the University of British Columbia in Canada, was later restricted to only bona fide U.S.-accredited postsecondary educational institutions (see Eligibility, below).
On April 24, 1985, cmu.edu, berkeley.edu, columbia.edu, purdue.edu, rice.edu, and ucla.edu became the first six registered domain names.
Starting on October 29, 2001, only post-secondary institutions and organizations that are accredited by an agency on the U.S. Department of Education's list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies are eligible to apply for a edu domain. Most such agencies accredit only US institutions, so very few non-US institutions qualify, and edu remains almost exclusively a top-level domain of the United States.
- ^ a b c d e ".edu General FAQ". EduCause.edu. http://net.educause.edu/edudomain/show_faq.asp?code=EDUGENERAL. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
- ^ "Eligibility for the .edu Domain". EduCause.edu. http://www.educause.edu/edudomain/show_faq.asp?code=EDUELIGIBILITY. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
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