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.CA Registration Rules Take Effect

[Ottawa, CANADA] As of today, CIRA certified registrars are processing requests for new .ca domain names under the new, broader registration rules. Under the new rules anyone meeting the Canadian Presence Requirements can register one or more .ca domain names on a first come first served basis.

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.

"The Canadian Internet community has been asking for more flexible registration rules for the .ca domain. Today, the process for making .ca domain names accessible to more Canadians has come to fruition," said Maureen Cubberley, chair of the CIRA Board.

"Canadian business can now grow in a .ca world, not just a .com world."

To register a new .ca domain name, applicants must use the services of a certified registrar (list available on CIRAs Web site). However, new .ca domain names will be registered through CIRA in the registry operated by the University of British Columbia until November 30, 2000.

On December 1, 2000, CIRA's registry will become fully operational; on that date, all registrations processed through CIRA on or after November 8, 2000 will be automatically transferred to CIRA's registry.

Registrars are also continuing to accept requests for re-registrations from existing .ca domain name holders. Since the re-registration period began September 18, approximately 43,000 of the 98,000 existing domain names have been re-registered.

Failure to re-register an existing domain name in CIRA's registry will cause the domain name to be inactive on December 1, 2000, and may result in someone else registering the domain name after January 31, 2001.

CIRA has set up a toll-free number to respond to inquiries from the public on domain name registration. The toll-free number is 1-877-860-1411.

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