Domain Name News
May 8, 2002
New TLD Goes .Pro
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) came to terms with the owners of the new top-level domain (TLD), .pro, officials announced Wednesday.
RegistryPro, the new owners, say the new domain extension is unlike anything seen in the domain industry to date. With digital certificates to certify the validity of a site, coupled with digital signature and encryption services, consumers and organizations can send secure documents over the Internet.
While a Sunrise period for trademark owners hasn't been established yet, Sloan Gaon, RegistryPro chief executive officer, expects to announce a timeframe in the next month or so, with the first extensions going "live" at the end of the year or early next year.
Because of the limited nature of the domain extension, and those eligible to sign up for a .pro domain name, Gaon doesn't expect huge numbers like those experienced with the launch of other new TLD extensions last year.
"I think a comparison of .pro with other TLDs is unfair," he said, "because we're not open for everyone. There are about 35 million professionals in the world who are eligible and we expect a great turn out with them. About 75 percent of those polled said they would prefer a .pro (extension) over other TLDs."
According to officials, people will be able to file court documents, taxes, insurance claims and other sensitive/privileged information using the site's Web forms. The new registry is relying on industry compliance of legislation like the E-Sign bill to ensure secure transactions.
The new TLD is available to lawyers, certified public accountants (CPAs) and other organizations that maintain a database of licensed professionals and plan on opening up the domain to engineers, architects and surveyors sometime in the future.
Details at: http://www.atnewyork.com/news/article.php/8471_1041881