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Network Solutions Plans Business Yellow Pages

Domain registrar Network Solutions Inc. signed an agreement Monday with Internet database company infoUSA.com to provide content, build and distribute Internet yellow pages of online businesses.

The new directory will be called the Network Solutions' "dot com directory" and will be "the definitive find engine" for businesses, the companies said. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

Initially, the dot com directory will be created by compiling Network Solutions 4 million Web address registrations ending in .com, .net and .org with infoUSA.com 's database of 11 million small businesses. Users will be able to search for companies with Web addresses in a variety of ways--by business category, type of service, sales volume, geography, name, commerce-enabled status, keywords and several other categories.

The dot com directory will also allow portals to offer users a targeted, vertical entry point to conduct e-commerce with any business with a Web site address, the companies said.

infoUSA.com will also offer the directory to its Internet licensees and connect its growing base of over 2.5 million customers directly to the dot com directory via a link with its Web site.

The millions of online businesses that have already registered a .com, .net and .org Web address will receive a free listing in the dot com directory, and new customers who register their domain name with Network Solutions will qualify for a free listing. Enhanced display listings will be available for an additional charge.

"Network Solutions is setting the pace in Internet identity and now with the dot com directory, we're setting the pace in interconnection as well," Doug Wolford, Network Solutions' senior vice president, sales and marketing. "With the backing of infoUSA.com, GTE, Looksmart, Verisign and Vicinity, we are producing a content-rich find engine for businesses so their customers can pinpoint the products or services they're looking for anywhere in the world."

GTE SuperPages.com will distribute the dot com directory on a co-branded Web site or via a hyperlink accessible from SuperPages.com. Verisign, a provider of Internet trust services, will distribute the dot com directory to its customers and partners as well as provide information about the commerce security of each listing in the directory. Vicinity, a provider of e-retail solutions,will support the content and infrastructure of the dot com directory. Looksmart, a directory of quality Web sites, will connect its customers to the directory via a link from its Web site.

The dot.com directory is scheduled for launch in June.