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Epoch Launches Preregistration Service for New Domain Names

Epoch Internet announced today a new registration service for preregistering any of the seven new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) names.

Epoch, a first-tier Internet service provider that is an official member of the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE), will begin accepting money-back guaranteed registrations today for arts, .firm, .info, .nom, .rec, .shop, and .web domain names at its newly launched "Registry" Web site.

Fees for registering the new domain names include $50 per year with a $10 setup charge, or users can choose to register for a $500 lifetime service that also includes a $10 setup charge.

Those users who sign up for the new gTLDs will be reimbursed for the names that do not get officially registered, minus the $10 setup fee. And those who sign up for the lifetime service will not have to pay any future rate increases.

"At this point in time no company can guarantee that pre-registration names will be locked-in at the official CORE registration," said Scott Purcell, president and chief executive officer of Epoch Internet.

"We will however, refund money to customers whose names don't get registered. We are confident that the names we are reserving will get officially registered because we have experience registering multiple names and we have taken the time to develop a naming registration service that's superior to any process that's currently available."

Epoch is one of 88 gTLD registrars, and currently performs domain name registration service for its customers with InterNIC, the current domain name service registry.