Any resident, business, or organization of Southborough, MA, may register a domain name under southborough.ma.us. It is free (*).
You may choose the domain name such as your-name.southborough.ma.us and either register a delegated subdomain (requires your own DNS server) or merely have several domain name resource records ("RRs"; for when you have no nameserver of your own). Some names are reserved for the town and other entities. This is as per the rules at the US Domain NIC.
By registering a domain name under southborough.ma.us, you acquire nothing more than the use of that subdomain name. It does not get you an email address or a web site. To have a web site or receive email at your domain name, you need to either (a) have your own computer (with a dedicated Internet connection) to act as a server, or (b) arrange with an ISP to host the domain (much like you would do to create a web site under your-name.com).
To register a domain, send email to hostmaster@nic.Southborough.MA.US. Please give some proof of residency or location in town, the subdomain name you are requesting, and the specifics of your subdomain, including:
Updates are usually processed within 24 hours of the receipt of the request. We guarantee that all approved requests will be processed within two weeks. (This is not a 24x7 service, and I might be out of town that week).
If you do not understand the details of the DNS or resource records, please let me know what you require, and I will work with you to the best of my ability.
Unlike many other locality domain delegations, the southborough.ma.us domain name space is run on a volunteer basis by a town resident.
I've worked on the Internet since 1985, and have continually operated one name server or another since then. I originally registed my own domain (loverso.southborough.ma.us), in 1992, causing the town domain to come into existence. In 1996, I applied for delegation for the town domain to avoid it being grabbed up by one of the out-of-state domain name squatters who wanted to make a fast buck by charging residents for addresses in their own town. I continue to operate the southborough.ma.us name server on a no-cost, volunteer basis. Domain names under southborough.ma.us are, and should continue to be, free.
* There is no cost or fee for direct registration of a domain name by any resident, business, or organization of Southborough, MA. This is a free service offered on a volunteer basis.
Domain names requested by individuals, organizations or businesses outside of Southborough will be reviewed on a per request basis. If approved, such registrations may be assessed a nominal fee for each DNS RR inserted into (or changed in) the database.
Domain names registered by a third party registrar will be assessed a fee of $100 per DNS RR inserted into (or changed in) the database. This is to prevent such third parties from making money off this volunteer service.