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About us and our history
Our history and present, key objectives in the administration of .lt domain.
The global functioning and administration of the internet is coordinated by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN.
The Internet Service Centre at Kaunas University of Technology is .lt registry acknowledged by ICANN based on the accountability framework and indicated in the official database.
The history of the Lithuanian national domain began on 3 June 1992, when the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) created .lt domain. At the beginning, the administration of this domain was delegated to the University of Oslo (external administration). In 1994, its administration was re-delegated to the Centre of Calculation of Kaunas University of Technology, since it was most suitable in terms of organisational and technical aspects, and ready to perform the functions of the top level domain registry.
The initial rules of the external registry were very restricting for the creation of domains, for example, domain holders could only be legal entities and domain name had to consist of a minimum of 3 symbols. Moreover, strict limitations were applied to the use of place names and names of the countries.
Development of the internet and increasing needs prompted the gradual liberalisation of the requirements, for example, a prohibition for private persons to be domain holders was repealed in 2000.
In 2007, the procedural regulation of .lt domain came into force. It repealed any restrictions with regards to the two-character domain names, automated the process of domain establishment and management, and clarified the deadlines for the performance of procedures. New edition of the procedural regulation is applied from 2014. Amongst other amendments, it provides a possibility of the long-term (up to 5 years) domain registration.
The first domains mii.lt, ktu.lt and vu.lt were established in 1993, sixteen years later (2009), a 100 000th domain was established, and nine years later, the number of domains is coming close to 200 000.
In terms of structure, the division of Kaunas University of Technology has been .lt registry since 1994: previously named the Centre of Calculation, later – the Internet Service Office at the Information Technology Development Institute, afterwards – the Internet Service Centre at the Information Technology Services, and from 1 March 2018 – the Internet Service Centre.
The website domreg.lt provides information on the news of .lt domain. The elements of the sun cross are used to emphasise its ethno-cultural identity. The services of .lt registry are marked by the registered trademark DOMREG with protected labels. Therefore, .lt registry is sometimes informally called “Domreg”.