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|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||LA Names Corporation|
|Sponsor||Lao National Internet Committee|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Laos|
|Actual use||Marketed as domain for Los Angeles|
|Registration restrictions||None; some names are reserved as "premium names" at extra cost|
|Structure||Registrations are taken directly at the second level|
|Documents||ICANN .la MoU|
Although the .la domain is officially assigned to the country of Laos, it has also been rented out to some businesses in the city of Los Angeles in Southern California. No official or unofficial association exists between the .la domain and any government in the United States (See .gov and .org).
The .la domain is also used for domain hacks in the French language and the Chinese language. là means "there" in French, and in other Romance languages; "啦" (pinyin: Lā) is a common modal word at the end of a sentense or a phrase in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
The LA Names Corporation, based in Guernsey, has gained the rights to market .la registrations, and they had used the registry services of Afilias and, formerly, the registrar services of DreamHost. However, DreamHost has discontinued registrar services as of May, 2006. LA Names and CentralNic, Ltd. completed the transfer of the .LA domain name to the CentralNic system in 2007.
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