Colorado explains its expensive move to a .gov domain
The state needs another $2 million to fully transition to a .gov domain name.
The Colorado Sun posted an interesting look at Colorado’s government switching from a .us domain to colorado.gov.
Many states are making this switch, and the article explains the perceived benefits of using a .gov domain.
The state considers using its existing state.co.us domain a “serious security risk” because of phishing. Anyone can register a .us domain, and they could register one similar to what the state uses.
It’s also difficult for state officials to register for federal briefings because these require an email ending in .gov.
Some Colorado state agencies have already shifted to .gov, but the governor’s office thinks it needs another $2 million to fully transition. I don’t know how much it has paid to date, but it seems like a low number to make all the necessary changes. I guess governments aren’t too concerned about perfect SEO transitions that a private company needs to worry about.
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