Coop-domains with one or two characters

Chance for cooperatives to promote their products at the web

Koeln, (PresseBox) - Single and Two Character domain names are now available at coop-domains. These very special coop-domains have previously not been available for registration because of contract restrictions and technical concerns. dotCoop is pleased to announce that they are now available for registration by eligible organizations at the standard fee.

Expressions of Interest Because there are a limited number of these coop-domains, dotCoop will require that those interested in registering any single or two character coop-domain name provide a brief Expression of Interest (EOI) concerning coop-domains that they would like to register.

Initial Application Period There will be an initial three-month period when all EOI’s will be held to insure that competing EOI’s can be received and reviewed to provide cooperatives from around the world an opportunity to submit EOI’s rather than creating a “land rush” atmosphere. After the period, the initial coop-domains will be awarded and all that have submitted an EOI at that time will be notified via email as to the status of their application. Thereafter, applications will be handled on a first-come, first- serve basis.

EOI’s can be submitted via email or post. All submissions should be in English although supporting information may be provided in other languages. All awards will be final and the names will be made available to those registrants for registration at that time. If the name is not registered with 7 days of being awarded, then any other EOI for that domain will be reconsidered and a new recipient selected and notified. dotCoop reserves the right to impose an application fee not in excess of USD$500 if the number of EOI’s is unexpectedly large

Evaluation of Expressions of Interest The evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will consider, at a minimum: - whether the domain would be actively used; an activation schedule should be included with the EOI; - previous use or identification with the name being requested including registered trademarks in use by the cooperative (although previous use is not required); - whether the eligible organization has particular standing within its regional, national or international cooperative organizations or sectors; - whether the proposed use will be specific to the registrant or in general support of a geographic or sectoral group of cooperatives with wider use and/access being encouraged without financial restrictions. However, such open access is not required.

In short, the EOI’s would be evaluated in terms of the value of the use of the domain to the cooperative community with active use a high priority. EOI’s will be evaluated by DotCooperation LLC staff and consulting cooperative leaders as needed. All award decisions are at the discretion of dotCoop and are final.

Please note that applicants for two character coop-domains must identify whether the characters they are interested in are the same as those of country code TLDs ( m es_and_code_elements.htm). The registration of the codes actually in use is still restricted. However dotCoop will work with the authorizing agency and the potential registrant to allow use of these codes as well. It is anticipated that only recognized apex organizations in those countries would be able to gain agreement with the controlling agency to use these domains.

Once the coop-domain is registered, .coop will monitor the use of these domains on a periodic basis to confirm that the activation and use descriptions included in the EOI are being following. There is no intent to control the content of any site but to ensure that the site is following the EOI that governed the award of the domain registration to the eligible organization. dotCoop retains the right to revoke the coop-domain registration if the site development and use does not conform to the information provided in the EOI. Registrants will be given a reasonable time after notification by dotCoop of non- conformance to correct any issues. If the name is revoked for any reason, there will be no refund of the registration fees to the co-op or their registrar.

Questions and Submissions Please direct any additional questions or your Expressions of Interest to

Hans-Peter Oswald

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