The American Institute of CPAs secured .cpa to be the exclusive Internet domain for the accounting profession. As part of the new service’s rollout, the AICPA and its business and technology arm, CPA.com, wanted to make sure that all licensed CPA firms are on the same footing when it comes to reserving their existing brand on .cpa.
That 60-day protected window for early applications is rapidly closing, however. Applications must be made by Oct. 31, after which domain requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first served basis.
The response from CPA firms so far has been strong. AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, and CPA.com President and CEO Erik Asgeirsson explain in this video why firms do not want to miss this opportunity to strengthen their online presence.
“The future is not .com – the future is going to be these top-level domains,” Melancon says. “Put it on your radar screen and make a conscious, long-term decision.”
To learn more about .cpa or to apply for your preferred domain, visit domains.cpa. The site has FAQs, a position paper on the rise of restricted domains and other resources. Please note individually licensed CPAs will be able to apply for .cpa domains beginning in Jan. 2021.