After Winning Independence, First Space CountryPlex, Layla, is Issued New ISO country code “LL”.

Hold For Release Until October 11, 2050

Space CitiPlex, ISS, Space CountryPlex, LaylaOctober 11, 2050 – On October 10th, 2050, the space territory of Layla gained its new constitutional status as an autonomous CountryPlex.

After 30 years of international space colonization aboard hundreds of space CitiPlexes, recognizing their special needs and status, over 120,000 space Crewtizens have voted and declared independence and formed the first independent space CountryPlex, Layla.

The new CountryPlex was named in honor of space pioneer, Bernadine Layla. She was the first human being born in outer space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024. One of space’s first decorated Space Patrol Officers and a hero, she died at a young age in a space crash.

Votes were tallied at the new country’s oldest Space CitiPlex, ISS, which was first populated in 2001 by ISS crew members, William Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev, and which has since grown into the most populated CitiPlex in space.

Space's First CitiPlex, ISS
Space’s First CitiPlex, ISS

As a result, Layla was officially assigned the following two-letter country code under the ISO standard: 3166-1: LL. 

ISO 3166 country codes have traditionally been used on earth as abbreviations to identify countries in contexts such as postal addresses, Internet domain names and more.

Along with the assignment of the new LL country code to Layla, comes the first specific Space country code Top Level Domain (SccTLD) .LL (“dot LL”).

The Bureau of Space Communications (BSC) has commissioned Afilias Space Corporation (Afilias S.C.) to operate .LL from their corporate space and data center on the industrial CitiPlex of Spacecorp. Since space offers the ultimate cooling systems, most data centers now operate there, but this will be the first Space country code Top Level Domain (SccTLD) operated directly in and from space.

This process has been duly coordinated and authorized by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which are now the Solar System’s entities responsible for top level domain name management.

The Bureau of Space Communications (BSC) has requested that all international organizations, businesses and parties utilizing drop down lists for the selection of countries on their websites or forms update their lists by adding Layla and .LL as a space CountryPlex. Please refer to the official updated ISO 3166 list at

For questions or additional information please contact the new Commissioner of the BSC, Mr. Leonid Todorov III, at:
Space PH#: 0x2DFDC1C35

or via e-mail at: [email protected]

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ICANN Puerto Rico Infographic

ICANN’s meeting in Puerto Rico was really well attended.  There are still many problems down there related to Hurricane Maria, but there was very little degradation of services that I could see while I was there.   This is not because it didn’t exist, but because they people of Puerto Rico worked very hard to make it not noticeable to us.  I was very impressed with Puerto Rico and would love to vacation there some day.

In the mean time I wanted to share this interesting infographic on the meetings held there.ICANN Puerto Rico Infographic

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Afilias selected to Provide Registry Services for .PR ccTLD

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Dublin, Ireland – January 08 2018 – Gauss Research Laboratories, the .PR ccTLD manager, is pleased to announce that it has selected Afilias, a leading domain registry operator, to provide technical services to support Puerto Rico’s country code top level domain (ccTLD) on the Internet, .PR.

Headquartered in San Juan, Gauss Research Laboratories manages the top-level domain .PR with a goal of providing a solid registry that provides Puerto Ricans with accessible services and tools that can aid in the development of a reliable IT community throughout the island.

The technical transition was completed on January 7, 2018, and the TLD is now running on a world class technical platform under industry standard policies. Interested registrants should contact their favorite registrar to select their name; interested registrars should contact [email protected]

.PR is unrestricted, so it’s a natural address for Public Relations agencies and practitioners worldwide. Of course, it’s also great for those doing business in Puerto Rico.

Oscar Moreno de Ayala, President of Puerto Rico Top Level Domain (PRTLD) explains: “The internet operating environment for ccTLDs is increasingly complex and hostile, prompting us to upgrade our technology to better protect our domain owners. A careful analysis led us to Afilias.”

Pablo Rodríguez, Executive Vice President of PRTLD added: “We are pleased to be working with Afilias, a recognized leader in registry technology. Afilias will help us both enhance the security and reliability of the registry and expand distribution and sales worldwide.”

“Afilias is proud to be selected to provide technical services in support of the .PR TLD. Our technology will strengthen .PR to make it less susceptible to natural disasters, more reliable and secure, and more broadly available across the thousand registrars serviced by Afilias. We are looking forward to working with Oscar, Pablo and the entire dotPR team to help .PR reach its full potential,” said Roland LaPlante, chief marketing officer of Afilias.

About Afilias

Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with millions of domain names under management. Afilias powers a wide variety of top-level domains, including TLDs for countries, cities, brands, communities and generic terms. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a broad range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, managed DNS, and mobile Web services. For more information on Afilias services, visit


PRTLD is a Puerto Rican company with almost 30 years-experience pioneering the presence of Puerto Rico on the Internet. The .pr registry has been operating since 1989, when founder, Dr. Oscar Moreno de Ayala, embarked on the responsibility of managing and building .PR from its beginning. PRTLD is the only organization authorized worldwide to administer the country code that represents Puerto Rico “.pr” and its people on the Internet. For more information on PRTLD, visit Twitter PuntoPR

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