MindSpring, NSI to Offer Country-Level Domain Registration
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MindSpring (MSPG) subsidiary MindSpring Biz will lean on its parent company's status as a NSI (NSOL) affiliate to offer idNames services, which will enable the companies to sell registrations to more than 200 country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs).
The two companies will offer the service through a co-branded Web site.
Doug Wolford, NSI's senior vice president-general manager of registrar and value-added services, encouraged customers to protect company brand names through ccTLD registration. He added that such a defense was "especially important for growing businesses to expand their online presence in new markets abroad."
Several US-based heavyweights have battled and lost domain names in other countries, including America Online Inc. (AOL), which lost a local court ruling to a Brazilian ISP which had already registering aol.com.br. The ISP launched its Brazil services under www.americaonline.com.br and br.aol.com.