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Username: Karen Zimbelman
Date/Time: Mon, November 13, 2000 at 10:16 PM GMT (Mon, November 13, 2000 at 3:16 PM PDT)
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Subject: make .co-op a first round choice


        Thousands of co-ops around the world and millions of their members strongly support the designation of .co-op as a Special Purpose, registered TLD.  Setting up a .co-op designation will offer a unique TLD to co-ops in a wide variety of industries -- food, agriculture, finance, insurance, child care, housing, consumer goods, shared services, transportation, marketing, and others.  Thousands of co-op businesses will find it appealing to use a .co-op TLD, expanding capacity for other groups under the .com, .org, or other appropriate TLDs.  A registered TLD, with screening to ensure that groups truly operate as cooperatives, is appropriate to the co-op form of business and desirable to the cooperative community. 

NCBA, the ICA, and Poptel, are well-established, well-recognized organizations fully capable of meeting the demands of TLD registration.  These organizations are well positioned to make .co-op TLD accessible to co-ops throughout the world, not just in the U.S. or a few regions. 

Establishing a .co-op TLD is a great idea -- to expand Internet capacity as well as for the cooperative business community.  I urge your support of this application at this time.  

-- Karen Zimbelman
on behalf of the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN)     


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