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Username: marywallace
Date/Time: Wed, October 25, 2000 at 9:03 PM GMT
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Subject: .co-op


        On behalf of the 1,709 members of Rita Blanca Electric Coop, Inc, I
am writing to urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers to approve the porposal for a .co-op top-level domain.  The
National Cooperative Business Association and Poptel are proposing
.co-op with the full endorsement of the International Cooparative

As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, Rita Blanca Electric
Cooperative, Inc works hard to provide our members with the best
services possible.  And we follow the International Cooperative
Alliznce 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 business 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.


Mary Wallace


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