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Username: mholden
Date/Time: Fri, October 20, 2000 at 10:42 PM GMT (Fri, October 20, 2000 at 3:42 PM PDT)
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Subject: CEC Oregon urges approval


                On behalf of the 24,000 members of Central Electric Cooperative, I am writing to urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to approve the proposal for a .co-op top-level domain.  The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and Poptel are proposing .co-op with the full endorsement of the International Cooperative Alliance.

Central Electric cooperative (CEC) serves 5300 square miles encompassing seven counties with a total of 3348 miles of overhead and underground lines. We provide electrical service to over 24,000 accounts. We have been in business since April 2, 1940. Our current capital investment in plant and equipment is $105,000,000. 

As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, CEC works hard to provide our members with the best services possible. And we follow the International Cooperative Alliance cooperative principles, such as member ownership and control. That makes our job more challenging than investor-owned businesses, but it has also earned us the trust of the people we serve.

As consumers become increasingly cynical about the constant ebb and flow of new and defunct e-businesses, it's critical that cooperative businesses have an opportunity to identify themselves to consumers and others who prefer to do business with us.  While many cooperatives use .com and .org, neither accurately characterizes co-ops to Internet users. Consumers need a way to find the businesses they trust on the Internet. The .co-op TLD will help do that.

Though my cooperative provides electric service to predominantly rural consumers, co-ops operate in virtually all industries, in 100 countries, and in both rural and urban areas; there are 750,000 cooperatives worldwide with 725 million members. As a result, the .co-op TLD will apply to a broad range of businesses across the globe.

I urge you to move quickly to approve .co-op.


Mark Holden
Central Electric Coop


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