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Dot-ca Internet Registrations Continue to Climb

October 27, 2006; 03:37 AM

Internet domain name registrations bearing the distinctive Canadian dot-ca Internet country code Top Level Domain continue to climb at a record pace. The 750,000th dot-ca registration was recorded this week by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), marking a 50% rise in the number of dot-ca registrations in under two years.

"The phenomenal growth of dot-ca registrations is the result of increased
awareness of the value of dot-ca and the trust Canadians place in it," says
Bernard Turcotte, President and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet
Registration Authority. "Dot-ca still offers the best opportunity to get the
domain name you want when compared with the larger dot-com registry."

"Dot-ca is reserved for Canadians and defines an organization or individual who meets Canadian presence requirements," explains Mr. Turcotte.

Phenomenal growth

Dot-ca domain names became widely available to individuals and
organizations in December 2000 when CIRA began managing the dot-ca registry.

What began as a 60,000 name registry has since grown exponentially. By 2003, dot-ca registrations reached the 250,000 plateau. In March 2005, CIRA had recorded 500,000 registrations.

Details of the Canadian presence requirements for dot-ca registration and
how to register a new dot-ca domain name are available on the CIRA website at

About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is a not-for-profit Canadian
corporation that is responsible for operating the dot-ca Internet country code
Top Level Domain as a key public resource for all Canadians. Earlier this
year, CIRA approved a number of initiatives to protect the privacy of
Canadians and to amend the organization's dispute resolution policy.

Lynn Gravel, Manager, Corporate Affairs, (613)
237-5335 or 877-860-1411, ext. 224, [email protected]



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