WASHINGTON-Credit unions and other cooperatives have beenprovided a new option for registering or renewing their .coopInternet addressees through Pennsylvania-based Domain Bank, Inc."We really are pleased to have Domain Bank available for those inNorth America who want a local registration option," NationalCooperative Business Association CEO Paul Hazen said, which wonInternet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' approval forthe .coop top-level domain in November 2000. "Domain Bank is highlyregarded in the industry and a North American registrar issomething we all have wanted for some time." NCBA is headquarteredin Washington, D.C. and represents various types of cooperatives.Hazen also pointed out that Domain Bank offers free and easyactivity as part of the registration fee, as well as forwardingservices and website support. In addition, Domain Bank can registercooperatives that want to continue to use .com or .org. DomainBank, which was founded in 1997, is the 10th largest domainregistrar in the country and among the 20 largest worldwide.Previously only Poptel, Secura, Tuonome, and CORE, all of which areEuropean companies, registered .coop names. Those interested inregistering with Domain Bank can go to the NCBA website,www.ncba.coop, and click on the .coop logo at the bottom of thehomepage or call Richard Dines at 202-383-5442. Those looking torenew can visit www.domainbank.net/ coop/transfer.cfm. Currently,7,500 .coop names are registered in 50 countries.

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