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.CO Internet looking for more registrars

Kevin Murphy, July 11, 2013, 12:01:11 (UTC), Domain Registries

.CO Internet is expanding its registrar channel with a new Request For Proposals.

The company wants would-be registrars to respond with the commitments they’re willing to make to market and promote .co domains, particularly in markets where .co is not currently popular.

Only ICANN-accredited registrars need apply.

Amusingly, registrars also need to be specifically accredited to sell .biz domains. Presumably this is due to .CO’s relationship with back-end provider Neustar, which also runs .biz.

The company has about 30 registrars right now, but many of those operate very large reseller networks, so there’s no shortage of places to buy a .co if you want one.

.CO deliberately kept its registrar numbers low — only 10 at launch — in order to cut down on abuse and to keep a tighter leash on gaming during the 2010 landrush process.

The RFP can be found here.

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Comments (1)

  1. Adam says:

    I’m a huge fan of .co domains. I just launched a few sites recently on EMDs and I already know a few people who now prefer to build on a .co website over a .net/.org. It’s also great for Twitter users of course.

    The only downside is the cost. I think I paid $30/yr to renew my domains at Godaddy, which was pretty shocking.

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