CIRA Takes Reins of .ca Registry

[Ottawa, CANADA] The .ca registry has been successfully transferred
to CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) and is now fully
operational.

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.

The registry was transferred from the volunteer organization at the
University of British Columbia to CIRA to provide a more streamlined
and swift process for registration and re-registration of .ca domain
names.

“We are very pleased that the CIRA registry is now operational. We’re
confident that the faster registration times and increased
accessibility will make .ca the domain of choice for many
individuals, organizations and businesses,” said Maureen Cubberley,
chair of the CIRA Board.

CIRA’s certified registrars have been accepting new .ca registrations
under the new broader rules, and activating them in the UBC system
since November 8, 2000 (see:

.CA Registration Rules Take Effect, November 8, 2000
).

Now .ca domain names will be registered and activated directly in
CIRA’s system.

This will result in reduced turnaround times for registration; under
the old rules and processes, domain name registration could take
several weeks.

Out of 98,000 .ca domain name holders who had registered .ca domain
names in the UBC registry before November 8, more than 50,000 have
successfully re-registered with CIRA through a certified registrar.

Those .ca domain names not re-registered before the first of December
have been de-activated. This means that associated Web sites and
e-mail addresses are not operational.

Affected parties should select a certified registrar (a list is
available on the CIRA Web site) and request re-registration. The
domain name will be activated after the registrant has completed the
re-registration process.

Since the broader rules were put into operation on November 8, 2000,
more than 75,000 new .ca domain names have been registered. “This is
good news; an indication of the potential growth of the .ca domain,”
said Cubberley.

For more on this story, see:

http://www.CIRA.ca

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