Canada kicks off Countdown to One Million Internet Domain Names



    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA) today launches its campaign to celebrate the registration of
one million dot-ca domain names with the unveiling of a campaign website at
www.onemilliondomains.ca. CIRA expects to reach the one million milestone in
early April 2008 after passing 750,000 registrations just 18 months prior in
October 2006. The campaign showcases the growth of dot-ca domain names, dot-ca
websites and the Canadians behind them.
    Dot-ca has experienced rapid growth in recent years and now stands as the
seventeenth largest Internet domain name registry when compared to generic
domain names like dot-com and dot-net and country specific domain names like
dot-uk (United Kingdom) and dot-us (United States). This growth is all the
more remarkable considering that dot-ca domains are reserved exclusively for
the use of Canadian citizens, residents, businesses, and organizations.
    "When you visit a dot-ca website you can be confident that you're dealing
with another Canadian or Canadian business," says Byron Holland, President and
CEO of CIRA, the organization responsible for managing dot-ca domain name
registrations. "The rapid growth of dot-ca reflects how website owners and
Internet users place a premium on relevant and trusted destinations online -
for Canadians, dot-ca is the obvious choice."
    To help celebrate the unique Canadian personality of dot-ca, CIRA
commenced the campaign in January 2008 with its Tell us Your Dot-ca Story
contest which asked entrants to describe how they use their dot-ca domain
name. More than 4,000 entries were submitted by dot-ca domain name Registrants
from across Canada. "We were overwhelmed with the response we received and the
huge number of dot-ca success stories submitted by Canadians," says David
Hicks, Director of Marketing and Communications for CIRA. "These stories
highlight how Canadians are using dot-ca domain names to connect and
communicate with each other and the world."

    The selected profiles include:

    www.bladetape.ca
    ----------------
    Richard Findlay from Vancouver, BC rethinks hockey tape for the new
    millennium and uses his dot-ca website to promote it worldwide.

    www.carpool.ca
    --------------
    Anne Marie Thornton from Shawnigan Lake, BC helps thousands of Canadian
    commuters find carpool partners all across Canada with her award-winning
    website.

    www.domesticgoddess.ca
    ----------------------
    Jennifer Hamilton from Toronto, Ontario uses her personal blog to share
    her love of food and family.

    www.brailleit.ca
    ----------------
    Mike Hambly from Calgary, Alberta turns to the Internet to promote his
    Braille transcription business after a car accident left him blind and
    paraplegic.

    www.somadesign.ca
    -----------------
    Matt Wiebe from St. Stephen, New Brunswick creates big web design for a
    national audience from a small town.

    www.midnightpoutine.ca
    ----------------------
    Tim Shore from Toronto, Ontario works with a group of dedicated bloggers
    to capture the art, culture, and cuisine of Quebec's largest city.

    www.frocks.ca
    -------------
    Deb Viccars and Catherine Staveley from Vancouver, BC save brides and
    bridesmaids from across Canada and the globe from the fate of bad wedding
    and bridesmaids' dresses.

    www.janeflanagan.ca
    -------------------
    Jane Flanagan from Toronto, Ontario muses about her writing, journalism,
    and love of shopping from her online portfolio and personal blog.


    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the
not-for-profit, member-driven organization responsible for the management of
Canada's dot-ca domain namespace, the policies that support Canada's Internet
community, and Canadian involvement in international Internet governance.




For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Melisa
Durak-Buljubasic, Public Relations and Communications Specialist, (613)
237-5335 (ext. 294), Cell: (613) 219-5328, melisa.db@cira.ca


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