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Username: clara1
Date/Time: Tue, October 24, 2000 at 3:39 PM GMT
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Subject: .co-op


On behalf of the 6,315 members of Jasper County REMC, 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.

I am the Member Services Representative at Jasper County REMC.  Some of the services/products we offer our members are water heater and home warranty programs along with our core business of selling affordable electricity.  Here at Jasper County REMC we work 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 and .org, neither accurately characterizes co-ops to Internet users.  Concumers 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.

Joanna Douglas       


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