County backs for Web domain

Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to endorse in its bid to control the Internet domain suffix ".vegas".

Dubbed a new top-level domain, .vegas would be attached to Web addresses the same as well-known suffixes such as .com and .org.

By backing the Greenspun-owned carrier, commissioners pitted the county against the city of Las Vegas, which agreed two weeks ago to endorse rival bidder Dot Vegas Inc. has offered to pay the county $1.50 for every address registered under .vegas or 10 percent of the gross revenue, whichever is greater. The city would get 75 cents or 10 percent of proceeds from Dot Vegas for every registration.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - ICANN for short - will decide which company gets the domain. Suffixes that use a geographical name require that area's local government to back the applicant.

ICANN must sort out whether the city or county has the greater claim to the suffix.

Some commissioners contend that although Las Vegas is the name of the city, the county has the Las Vegas Strip, where most of the region's gaming revenue is generated.

Contact reporter Scott Wyland at or 702-455-4519.