Network Solutions Offers Branding Opportunity for New and Existing Websites with the Launch of .CO Domain Name Registration

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The new domain extension .CO offers an innovative web address solution for companies to brand their online presence. As a leader in the industry, Network Solutions is proud to launch the second of four phases of this offering by the Columbia Registry.

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This domain extension is easy to remember and flexible to use; it creates an ideal platform for today's socially networked consumers to share content, create communities, and connect, communicate, and collaborate

Network Solutions®, leading provider of domain name registration and online marketing services, announces the launch of the second phase of the .CO with the Columbia Registry. The Sunrise Global phase of the .CO domain name registration begins April 26, 2010 and ends on June 10, 2010, the Landrush phase begins on June 21, 2010.

Associated with words such as COmpany, COrporation, and COmmerce, a .CO extension offers an immediately recognizable, global branding opportunity for new and existing websites.

"This domain extension is easy to remember and flexible to use; it creates an ideal platform for today's socially networked consumers to share content, create communities, and connect, communicate, and collaborate," explains Sean Kaine, Director of Product Marketing at Network Solutions, further demonstrating the utility of the extension and its branding possibilities.

As a new domain, .CO extensions can be claimed during four stages. These include:

1: Sunrise Local phase, which allows individuals and companies with a Columbian National Trademark to submit their request
2: Sunrise Global phase, which extends the opportunity to request a domain name to holders of national trademarks that have obtained registered status prior to July 30, 2008
3: Landrush phase, which opens the extension to all with premium pricing
4: General Availability, which opens the extension to all with standard pricing

The Sunrise Global phase of the .CO extension registration gives holders of eligible registered trademarks of national effect that have obtained a registered status in any country of the world the opportunity apply for the .CO domain names before registration is open to the public at large during the Landrush phase.

Some of the general policies regarding the .CO extension include:

  •     Any person or entity in the world can register .CO domains
  •     There are no domicile or burdensome documentation requirements
  •     Registration period is between one and five years, subject to renewal
  •     Registrants can easily transfer domain names to Network Solutions

"With industry-leading technology, enhanced security and unprecedented rights protection mechanisms, .CO is poised to become the world's next premier web address," points out Kaine.

For more information on the .CO extension registration, visit Network Solutions® online.

About Network Solutions, LLC:
Network Solutions is the leading enabler of small business success in the highly competitive online space. By providing the tools and resources to start, grow and manage businesses online, Network Solutions leverages 31 years of pioneering experience to help companies thrive in an increasingly digital world. To ensure our customers' success, we support them with outstanding customer service, which has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates® Certified Call Center program for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the last four consecutive years. We deliver solutions that are simple, innovative and reliable. Additional information can be found at About Network Solutions.

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