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

April 28, 2010 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – 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.

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