World´s Leading Internet Domain Name Registrars Unite to Create Top Level Domain With Global Appeal=
04.10.2000, 09:42
OCT 03,2000 18:08 PACIFIC 21:08 EASTERN

World´s Leading Internet Domain Name Registrars Unite to Create Top Level Domain With Global Appeal

Business/Internet & Technology Editors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2000--

International Consortium Afilias Looks Ahead of ´.com´ With

Submission to ICANN

Afilias, an international consortium of nineteen of the world´s leading domain name registrars, this week applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate an unrestricted generic top level domain (TLD) registry intended to transform the Internet into a truly global resource for individuals and businesses everywhere. The company believes that true globalization of the Internet requires a domain name choice beyond the existing generic TLDs - principally .com, .net, and .org - which are primarily used by Americans. With new choices for domain names, Internet users will be able to secure web site addresses of their first choice. Afilias proposed three possible TLD names to ICANN. If its application is approved by ICANN later this year, Afilias will announce its TLD name selection. ´We are pioneering a new channel in cyberspace to foster international communication and commerce,´ said John L. Kane, head of Afilias´ marketing task force. ´There is no reason to limit access to what is truly the world´s most unifying vehicle. Our mission is to quickly eliminate the digital divide and promote a global community.´ With its powerful alliance of the world´s leading registrar companies, Afilias believes it has the industry experience to effectively administer a new worldwide registry. Building an entirely new registry system will permit Afilias to employ next-generation solutions to address limitations in the current registry system. Afilias´ open business model, which will allow other ICANN-accredited registrars to join the consortium, promotes growth and competition for the Internet community and its registrars, a long-term goal of ICANN. ´Drawing on the experience and expertise of our member registrars, Afilias is in a unique position to enhance the domain name system while maintaining the stability of the Internet,´ said Ken Stubbs, a member of the Board of Afilias and chairman of the executive committee of the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE). ´We have the international resources necessary to implement and responsibly manage a global TLD.´ Afilias decided to act on its vision of a broader domain name space in July following ICANN´s decision to accept applications for the introduction of new TLDs. Afilias submitted an application to ICANN on October 2, 2000. Applications that are approved later this year could be permitted to operate new TLDs as early as 2001. ICANN is hosting a two-week public comment period online at beginning October 9th. Afilias will also provide information updates and invite feedback on its web site .

Increased Traffic on the World Wide Web

Internet use and domain name registration is on the rise, according to research firm LightSpeed Research. International surveys conducted online in September 2000 reveal that during a typical month, nearly half of the respondents (47 percent) spend 11 hours or more online. One in four Internet users have registered a domain name in the past, and over half (55 percent) are likely to register a domain name in the future. Of American Internet users, nearly half (49 percent) have registered a domain name, according to surveys conducted by Yankelovich Partners in September 2000. This includes two out of five Internet users (40 percent) who have registered up to five domain names and nine percent who have registered six or more names. Half of those surveyed (50 percent) say they are likely to register a domain name in the future. ´According to recent studies, more than 75 million domain names are expected to be registered by the end of 2002,´ said Kane. ´Increased traffic on the World Wide Web requires new avenues to meet the growing need for a truly global Internet address. If Afilias is given the opportunity to operate a new TLD, we will attempt to expand the use of the Internet and endeavor to eradicate digital stereotypes currently associated with the US-centric dominant .com address.´

About Afilias

Formed in September 2000, Afilias is a limited liability company formed by a consortium of nineteen ICANN-accredited Internet domain name registrars that have collectively applied to ICANN to operate an unrestricted generic top level domain name registry. One-time competitors, such as Network Solutions Registrar Operations,, and, have banded together to introduce a truly global Internet address. In the aggregate, the company´s member registrars registered more than 10 million domain names in their last fiscal year. In addition to their strong position in the domain name registration market for the, .net, and .org top level domains, the member registrars collectively offer a wide range of related Internet services, including country-code domain name registrations, country-code registry operations, Web hosting, and ISP services. As a group, the member registrars provide their services on a global basis, with 65% having offices in North America, 53% in Europe, 26% in Asia and the Pacific Rim, 5% in Australia, and 5% in the Middle East. Afilias´ member registrars include:, a division of G+D International LLC; Corporate Domains, Inc.; Domain Bank, Inc.; DomainInfo AB; DomainPeople, Inc.; Domain Registration Services; Enter-Price Multimedia AG (EPAG); Internet Council of Registrars (CORE); interQ, Inc.;, Inc.; Netnames International Ltd; Network Solutions, Inc. Registrar Operations; Polar Software Ltd. d/b/a; Procurement Services International (Japan), Inc.;; Schlund + Partner AG; Sitename; Speednames, Inc.; Tucows, Inc.

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