18(a) Describe the mission/purpose of your proposed gTLD
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Mission and purpose
The mission of the .MEMORIAL TLD is to provide people a namespace on the Internet to offer memorials, obituaries, tributes and honoring to great events and people in history, loved ones, and people deserving of recognition. The primary purpose is to allow people a meaningful and permanent way to memorialize the people and events that matter most to them.
We anticipate a variety of reasons that businesses and individuals would want to acquire domain under the .MEMORIAL TLD.
Public institutions are one group of intended registrants in .MEMORIAL. These groups can create companion websites for the existing, physical memorials they maintain, with historical, visitor or other useful resources about the memorial. Many cities and towns across the world have some type of memorial or monument they could complement with a domain name and its related technologies.
Businesses in the memorial industry may want to create a professional web presence including online stores or shopping experiences, or use blogs, wikis and file sharing sites to support their merchandising, retailing efforts and business goals related to memorials. Organizations may use the TLD to create memorials related to their membership or the groups they support, such as veterans or those who have succumbed to cancer.
Individuals may use .MEMORIAL domains to create websites that memorialize loved ones or groups, and share their thoughts and feelings on others’ memorial websites.
Since just about everyone anywhere has lost a loved one, the potential market for people interested in a memorial TLD ultimately runs well into millions, if not the billions. Nevertheless, we anticipate initially capturing a small percentage of that potential market in the first three years of operations, primarily people who wish to be early adopters of this opportunity. We forecast having approximately 25,000 Domains Under Management (DUMs) by the third year of operation. Our financial responses in questions #45 through #50 go into detail on our funding, cost and revenue projections.
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