Published: Summer 2001 Updated:
DOT COOP IS HERE.
DO YOU HAVE YOURS?
The newly authorized internet suffix .coop is now online, enabling
cooperatives and cooperative service organizations all over the world
to be found easily. The victorious campaign for the .coop suffix was
sponsored by the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), which
is now the only entity authorized to accept registrations for domain
names at .coop. Because CNYC is a member of NCBA, the CNYC Worldwide
Web Information Center can now be found at CNYC.coop as well as cnyc.coop
and CNYC.org. CNYC can also reserve dot coop domain names on behalf
of any of its own member cooperatives that would like to do so.
As the internet has grown and grown in popularity, today that there
are more than 26 million domain names registered under .com. This has
obliged many latecomers to the internet to accept second or third choices
of domain names, when they found that the names they wanted were already
taken. To alleviate this congestion, last year the internet coordinator
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) invited
applications for additional suffixes. Hundreds of applications were
submitted to ICANN, but only seven new suffixes were selected. NCBA
and all its supporters are to be congratulated on its successful strong
campaign for .coop. The six other new internet suffixes approved by
ICANN are .aero,.biz, .info, .museum, .name and .pro.