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Username: conklin
Date/Time: Fri, October 27, 2000 at 6:15 PM GMT (Fri, October 27, 2000 at 1:15 PM EST)
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Subject: Yes for top level domain, .co-op


   On behalf of the 12,500 members of Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC), 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.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative services six counties and 15,500 metered services in the Northern Neck region of Virginia, located on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Northern Neck Electric Cooperative is a distribution cooperative providing electricity, surge protection, load management, security lighting, and other services to our members.  We are members of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, an electric generating and transmission cooperative, and the Virginia, Maryland, Deleware Association of Electric Cooperatives.  We are also members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, NNEC 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.


Huxley H. Conklin
Marketing & Business Development Specialist
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative


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