The .IO Domain Name is the ISO-3166 code for the British Indian Ocean Territory and the .IO domain
registry is operated by Internet Computer Bureau Limited (ICB).
Founded in 1997, ICB's headquarters are located in Christchurch, England with operational data centres
in London, Tokyo, New York and Chicago, with replication servers in San Francisco, Amsterdam and Melbourne.
Led by it's Chairman, Paul M. Kane, ICB runs a number of Country Level Top Level
Domain Name registry systems and also provides software, routing and satellite services
to customers around the world. Many smaller ccTLDs, which includes .IO, can only be
operated successfully in conjunction with other services due to the need to mitigate
the high costs of operation, 24x7x365 continuous service, global support networks and defence against constant
front/back-end cyber attacks.
Our commitment to continuous investment ensures that our worldwide data centres
use the most reliable technologies to maintain our position as one of the leaders
in our field. We strongly believe that the customer is our most important asset
and coupled with our outstanding service and innovation, we provide a high-quality
product designed to meet the needs and goals of our valued customers.
As is customary with this industry, there is no formal contract with Her Majesty's Government but
Her Majesty's Government recognises ICB as the operator responsible for the stable operation of
the IO Registry. ICB has a proven track record in delivering exemplary service to the global Internet community.
There have been articles in the media which have stated that Her Majesty's Government receives a
per name fee, this is not true; the Government receives no revenues from the sales or administration
of the .IO domain which is operated on a break-even basis.
Simply put, here at ICB, we are committed to upholding the highest standards
in working with you and "dedicated to making the NETwork" ensuring
that our customers' expectations are met and exceeded!
The .IO domain registry is an active member of the Council
of European National Top-Level Domain Registries who discuss matters affecting
Country Code Top Level Domain registries and acts as a channel of communication
to Internet governing bodies and other organisations involved with the Internet.
NIC.IO - making the NETwork