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CIRA Extends .ca Registry Deadline

[Ottawa, CANADA] CIRA today announced that, together with the University of British Columbia, an agreement has been reached to defer the operational transfer of the .ca Registry until December 1, 2000.

The extension will allow existing .ca domain name holders more time to re-register their domain names with CIRA.

"CIRA is concerned that, despite the well-publicized upcoming transfer, as of October 30, 2000, 37,000 out of approximately 98,000 expected re- registrants of existing .ca domain names in the UBC Registry had not applied to re-register," said Maureen Cubberley, chair of the CIRA Board.

"It is CIRA's intention to make the transition occur as smoothly as possible, and this extension of the date will help that to happen."

The one-month extension will give current .ca registrants who have not already done so additional time to re-register their domain names. Failure to re-register will result in a Web site or e-mail address being inaccessible through that domain name after November 30, 2000.

The extension also makes provisions for the registration of new .ca domain names. As previously announced, CIRA certified registrars will begin accepting new .ca registrations on November 8, 2000 until November 30.

"The new CIRA rules provide an opportunity for .ca to become the Canadian domain for e-commerce, and many people want to seize that opportunity sooner rather than later," said Glen Bloom, vice-chair of the CIRA Board.

CIRA is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Canadian Domain Name Consultative Committee to operate the .ca top-level domain. It is responsible for setting policy, managing and operating the .ca domain database, and registering Domain Names through its network of certified Registrars.

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