“Dutchman snatches popular Flemish domain names,” I read last week on several news sites, after it became known that a Dutch student had registered some popular .vlaanderen domain names.


How satisfied are our registrars when it comes to the service of DNS Belgium? And what can we do to even improve it? DNS Belgium polls its registrars every year to learn what they think.

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There is a clear demand for more options in internet extensions. This is shown in the results of a survey by the Domain Name Association, an independent party that represents the interests of the domain name industry.

Internet business

For the fifth year in a row, DNS Belgium and Close the Gap are collaborating to raise funds for PC Solidarity. Its aim is to close the digital divide in Belgium.

  • 06 MarIt is not too late for Belgians to register the .vlaanderen domain name they want. Read blog written by Peter Vergote ow.ly/K07o7
  • 06 MarRT @pvergote: Last landrush auction for our .vlaanderen gTLD has finally come to a close after 66 bids over more than 30 days timespan. #th
  • 05 MarNew blog: Peter Vergote wants the Belgians to change their wait-and-see attitude and to act now. ow.ly/JXzKq #newgTLD

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit organisation that is responsible worldwide for managing domain names.


The division of the US Department of Trade that handles the domain name system.


The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other internet protocol resources.


Council of European National Top-level domain Registries. It is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the interest of country code TLD managers. 


A U-label is an IDN domain name with special characters, such as belgië.be


An A-label is the ASCII version of a U-label; in other words: an A-label uses ASCII characters only (A-Z, 0-9 and/or ‘-’) to display the domain name. This conversion is carried out automatically by the DNS Belgium registration system. This conversion is required to enable your browser to surf to the correct page. For example, the U-label belgië.be is displayed as xn--belgi-rsa.be when converted to an A-label.