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.NU Domain Streamlines Processes and Reduces Costs for Registrars

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.NU Domain Streamlines Processes and Reduces Costs for Registrars

.NU Domain Leads the Way with Implementation of New Standard

MEDFIELD, MA, January 27, 2005 – .NU Domain is among the first Country-Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) to offer its registrars the new standard Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP). The implementation of this standard provides registrars the ability to use a single interface for all TLD registries and streamlines integration processes, thus reducing registrars’ costs. The Internet organization ICANN, which oversees the Internet’s domain name system, now requires all generic top domains, such as .com, .net, .org, to adapt to EPP.

“EPP is a very important standard for the management of domain names as it eliminates manual routines. We believe we can cut our costs for domain names by 10 to 20 percent, which will also benefit .NU Domain customers,” said Sam Nurmi, CEO of Sweden’s third largest web hotel, Loopia, which has successfully tested .NU Domain’s new EPP interface. “Once again .NU Domain is leading the way with a technical solution that is years ahead of Nic-Se.”

Previously, there were no recognized standards for the systems that web page resellers and registrars use for their interaction with top level domain systems. The standards body, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), finalized a new protocol, Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) for top domains in March 2004. ICANN now requires all generic (non-geographic or country code) top level domains to adopt EPP. Generic top level domains .org, .info and .biz already have the protocol in use, while .com and .net have started to adapt.

“Although ICANN has not stipulated that the ccTLDS must adapt to EPP, the expected financial savings will drive the registrar’s demand for EPP adoption by all popular ccTLDs,” said, William, J. Semich, president of .NU Domain. “The ccTLD registries of Poland .PL and the Netherlands .NL are in the process of implementing EPP.”

EPP is defined on the IETF home page: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3731.txt?number=3731
ICANN’s requirements for generic top-domains can be found on: http://www.icann.org/registries/agreements.htm

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About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, is a US-based private corporation located in Medfield, MA. .NU Domain is the leading commercial Top Level Domain Name Registry serving Northern Europe. It is also the only Top Level Domain in the world that can support the complete UNICODE international character set in live Web addresses without requiring the use of browser plug-ins or other changes to customer systems, using its unique patent-pending technology.

Besides its free blogging service for customers at http://www.blogga.nu, .NU Domain Ltd also offers free domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, and, for a small annual fee, the .NU InstantWeb Service which provides a quick, five-page mini Web site with blog pages, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a Yahoo, AOL or other personal Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu.

Contacts:

J. William Semich
.NU Domain Ltd
508-359-5600
bill@nic.nu

Laura MacSweeney
MacSweeney PR
781 395 6420
lmacsweeney@comcast.net