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Username: ldavis
Date/Time: Thu, October 26, 2000 at 3:21 PM GMT
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Subject: .co-op


On behalf of the nearly 600,000 members of the Hoosier Energy REC, Inc. Power Network, 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.

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission utility supplying electric power to 16 central and southern Indiana member distribution cooperatives which serve nearly 600,000 residents, businesses, industries and farms in a 15,000-square-mile service territory in the southern half of Indiana.  Hoosier Energy headquaters / System Control Center is located at Bloomington, In. Two coal-fired generating facilities -- 1,016-megawatt Merom Station equipped with sulfur dioxide-removing scrubbers in Sullivan County; and the 250-megawatt Frank E. Ratts Station in Pike County. Eleven Primary transmission stations; 1,380 miles of transmission lines serving more than 200 substations and delivery points.

As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, Hoosier energy REC, Inc. 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.


Lance A. Davis
Manager Information Systems
Hoosier Energy REC, Inc.


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