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Username: etuttle
Date/Time: Mon, October 23, 2000 at 3:53 PM GMT
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Subject: Absolutely


                 As the internet world becomes more complex and more difficult to navigate, anything we can do to differentiate and accurately direct the users to material that interests them will help promote its use. That is why I support the .CO-OP domain.
COM, ORG and EDU certainly describe types of organizations just as CO-OP would. Each of these TLDs has a simple business message. A Co-op has basic organizational differences from these that are not fully compatible with ORG and aren't properly described by COM (or BIZ) either. By instituting CO-OP, the thousands of organizations around the world that work on the principles of member ownership and control would finally have a fitting designation. The general public would benefit by better identifying their own daily business relationships with Co-ops and understanding that difference.

I fully support the use of CO-OP and urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to approve the proposal for a .co-op top-level domain.
I am a Marketing/Communications Specialist for Union Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., located in Marysville, Ohio. We are working to identify ourselves with our membership and potential customer base as more technologically savvy. We serve approximately 6,300 customers and provide Internet and home security to customers outside our electric cooperative membership as well.
  As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, Union Rural Electric is committed 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.

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


Eileen Tuttle
Marketing/Communications Specialist
Union Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.



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