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June 18, 2001 - obtains ICANN Accreditation of New Top-Level Domains .biz and .info

Registration Process To Begin This Fall

TUCSON, AZ, June 18, 2001, Inc. announced today that it has finalized accreditation agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the new .biz and .info top-level domain (TLD). This will mark the first introduction of new global top-level domains since the mid 1980s when the current domain name system became operational.

This is a momentous step forward in the continuing evolution of the Internet's domain name system," said Steve Sullivan, President and CEO, Inc. "However, it is just one step among many in a long process of providing consumers with the benefits of competition through a variety of domain name options and services.,

Dot-info will be an unrestricted TLD, open to any business or person to register for any purpose. Dot-biz will be a restricted TLD open only for commercial or business purposes and .biz names are not intended for exclusively personal or non-commercial purposes.

Registry operators NeuLevel (.biz) and Afilias (.info) were among seven registry operators for new TLDs selected by the ICANN Board of Directors in November 2000 following an open process for submission of proposals. Agreements with the operators of .aero, .coop, .museum, .name, and .pro are expected shortly. in addition to other ICANN accredited registrars in good standing for .com, .net and .org were eligible to enter into revised accreditation agreements for the new TLDs. Currently, there are more than 170 companies accredited with approximately 80 operational. A list of accredited registrars can be found at:

About is an official ICANN Accredited registrar for .com, .net and .org domains. In addition, DomainZoo.coms ISP/Web Developer Program, ShoppingZoo, Resource Center, Affiliate and Reward Programs all offer advantages and opportunities to everyone. Detailed information is available on their website at Founded in 1999, is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

About ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a new global non-profit corporation formed to oversee a set of the Internet's core technical management functions. Between now and September 2000, ICANN will gradually be assuming responsibility for coordinating the assignment of protocol parameters, the management of the domain name system and root server systems, and the allocation of IP (Internet Protocol) address space.

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