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Early Access Program (EAP)

An Early Access Program or EAP for short, typically replaces the traditional Landrush period for Top-Level-Domain introductions. Like the Landrush period, the EAP makes available domain names all entities that may not own a trademark for the name they wish to register or for high value domain names that the respective registry reserves.

Early Access Programs

Name Early Access Programs
Acronym EAP
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Legal Documents
Agreements TBA
Others TBA



How Does EAP Service Work

The EAP process was first pioneered by Donuts and is now used by a number of other registries like Rightside. The program involves a number of consecutive days, typically seven (7), in which there is a set price for a domain name on each of the days. The price drops on each consecutive day until the 5th, 6th and 7th day, where the price remains the same. The set price for each day depends on the domain name and typically a grouping determined by the registry. Here is an example:

  • EAP1 (Day 1) 10,000 USD
  • EAP2 (Day 2) 5,000 USD
  • EAP3 (Day 3) 1,500 USD
  • EAP4 (Day 4) 500 USD
  • EAP5 (Day 5) 100 USD
  • EAP6 (Day 6) 100 USD
  • EAP7 (Day 7) 100 USD

Purchase of a domain during the EAP phase is First-Come-First-Served. The price premium paid by a registrant is typically only one-time and the domain name is renewed at regular standard prices. This one-time pricing model may change at anytime and may depend on the registry running the EAP program.


  • Resellers can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET via API or Control Panel. Also, resellers can also submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.
  • RegistrarOC clients can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET API or submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.
  • Individual clients can submit Pre-registration EAP applications through HEXONET or submit a live registration request during any EAP period if the domain name is available on its respective EAP date.

Benefits of Pre-registering EAP

  • Plan and target desired domain names with one's budget well in advance of any EAP date.
  • HEXONET system automatically attempts to register pre-registred domains within a second of the respective EAP phase opening.
  • Successful EAP registrations costs are automatically deducted from the user's reserved funds balance.
  • Failed EAP registrations are automatically refunded to the user's account balance

General FAQs

How can I submit a Pre-registration for an domain for a EAP phase?

At least 72 hours prior to a domain's EAP phase release date, using the Control Panel or API, a submission for the respective domain can be made. Please ensure that your account has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the registration, otherwise, the HEXONET system will not process the pre-registration request.

What is I have a Pre-registration for EAP4 (Day 4) but someone else registers the domain on EAP1 or EAP2 or EAP3?

All domain registrations during the EAP period are first-come-first-served. Once registered all subsequent EAP dates are no longer valid. Refunds will automatically be processed.

What happens no one registers a domain during the EAP period?

If a domain remains open and is not registered by anyone during the EAP period, the domain will be made available during General Availability, which immediately follows EAP.

Billing FAQs

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Is there any notification that an override fee is going to be charged?

The amount of the override fee is in the domain:check command. If a registrar submits a valid SMD file at any time (during sunrise or after), and that name is blocked by a DPML, the registrar will be notified that an override fee will occur, and that registrar has to accept the fee before the override can occur (domain registration is completed). If the registrar accepts the fee and proceeds with a registration, they will be charged an override fee. but they will have a warning.

Are override fees charged during a sunrise registration?

During Sunrise, registrars are already obliged to submit a SMD file so if someone has already blocked a domain through a DPML, will they be charged an override fee along with the sunrise participation fee?

No override fee occurs during sunrise. If you have a valid SMD and use it during the sunrise phase you only pay the Sunrise Participation Fee (which happens to be the same amount as the override fee).

What are the restore fees of a DPML block? Does it include a 1-year renewal?

If the block is restored during the regular lifecycle of the Restore-Grace-Period, the fee is $40 plus a one-year renewal, just like a domain name. If the block is not restored inside the RGP, regular prices apply for a "new" block.

You say we should warn our client if he request a DPML on a premium name (the block will not be valid). Will Donuts provide a list of premium names?

Yes, Donuts will provide to Registrars a list of all premium names as soon as those lists are complete. As a guideline, generally, the terms on the premium list will be generic terms. For example we will not put "BMW" on the premium list. -->

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