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Username: werhane
Date/Time: Fri, October 13, 2000 at 8:02 PM GMT
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Subject: Consumers want .co-op!


                Cooperative businesses are unique, member-owned entities which require their own ".co-op" domain.

        Consumers of cooperative services and products are more satisfied than are consumers of profit-driven services and products, according to a recent Gallup poll.  Consumers want to know whether or not a particular business is, in fact, owned cooperatively, rather than by stockholders, etc.

        Cooperative businesses adhere to the seven principles of cooperation, as administered by the International Cooperative Alliance in Switzerland.  These principles set cooperatives apart from non-profits and profit-driven corporations, and regulate the responsibility of cooperatives to their member-owners.

        The National Cooperative Business Association is the entity representing all cooperatives in the U.S., and there are counterpart entities in all regions of the world.  I urge ICANN to utilize their expertise in finalizing the oversight of the ".co-op" domain.

In cooperation,
Amanda Werhane
Oakland, California
Member, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Member, Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union
Former Vice President, North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)
Former President, Madison Community Cooperative
Former member, University of Wisconsin Credit Union
Former staff, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Former member, Fruitvale Housing Cooperative
Former member, Lothlorien Housing Cooperative
Former member, Emma Goldman Housing Cooperative



Link: National Cooperative Business Association

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