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Book Name Before .ca Domain Change

[Ottawa, CANADA] In anticipation of the lifting of Canadian restrictions on Internet domain names, is sponsoring pre-booking registration for a top level .ca domain name.

This allows anyone to reserve, on a first come first served basis, a .ca name. When the rules change later this fall, will attempt to register all new names on behalf of the applicants who have pre-booked with the firm.

Users choose as many .ca domain names as they want to register through an automated Web system. They are assigned a user ID and password which allow them to check the status of chosen domains, add new domains and remove domains no longer desired. Since domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis, if a chosen domain name is deleted, and then re-submitted to the list, it will be added to the bottom of the queue.

Once the restrictions are eliminated, will attempt to register the name(s) on the registrants behalf.

Under existing regulations, companies and individuals were frequently denied .ca names due to their level of incorporation or restricted to only one .ca name. Only organizations that had incorporated federally could apply and receive a top-level .ca domain name. The new regulations, administered by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), will allow anyone to have a .ca domain name. This change lets companies protect all of their trademarks with a range of .ca names, one for each of their products or brand names.

Internic's pre-booking service is free. Applicants are only charged if the domain name chosen is registered. At that point, Internic will charge a standard registration fee., has offered domain name registration services to Canadians since 1998. It is part of the family of online businesses. CIRA is a not-for-profit Canadian corporation that is taking over registry responsibility for .ca domains.