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Username: cnmec_amy
Date/Time: Sun, October 29, 2000 at 3:27 PM GMT
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Subject: co-op


             On behalf of the 15,000 + members of Central NM Electric Cooperative, Inc., I am writing to urge the ICANN to approve the proposal for a .co-op top-level domain.  The National Coorporative Business Association and Poptel are proposing .co-op with the full endorsement of the Internation Cooperative Alliance.

Central NM Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member owned rural electric utilities distribution cooperative serving 11 counties in the heart of New Mexico. I serve as the Assistant to the General Manager where I manage the HR Dept and the Warehousing/Purchasing Departments.  Like most cooperatives we wear many hats in our job positions due to the small work force most common to cooperatives.  Having the designation as a .co-op helps to recognize those who are in the cooperative field and who we can access without havaing to wade through the gillions of internet customers.

As a rural, consumer-owned electric cooperative, Central NM Electric Cooperative, Inc. workd hard to provide our members with the best services possible.  And we follow the Internation Cooperative Alliance cooperative principles, such as member ownship and control.  That makes our job more challenging than invertor-owned businesses, but it has earned us the trust of the people we serve. 

As consumers become increasingly cynical aabout the constant ebb and flow of new and defunct e-businesses, it's critical that coopertative have an opportunity to identify themsselves to consumers and others who prefer to do business with us.  While many coopertives use .com and .org, neither accuragely characterizes co-ops to Internet users.  Consumers need a way to find the businesses thety 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 memebers.  As a result, the .co-op TLD will apply to a broad range of businesses across the globe.

Amy Leasure


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