Tucows Collaborates with NameMedia's Afternic.com to auction daily inventory of expired domain names



    Adds another revenue stream for resellers and makes buying expired names
    easier

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Tucows Inc., (AMEX:  TCX, TSX:TC) a leading
provider of Internet services to web hosting companies and ISPs worldwide, has
announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows' large daily
inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired
domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic
(www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a
simple and easy-to-use interface.
    "Working with Afternic is a winning proposition for our resellers and for
people looking to buy expired names," says Bill Sweetman, General Manager,
Tucows Domain Portfolio. "We have over eight million domains under management
and thousands expiring every day, so this deal provides us with a great way to
share revenue with our resellers while participating in Afternic's popular
secondary domain name marketplace."
    "We are thrilled to have such a huge stream of expired domain names
flowing into Afternic from Tucows," says Pete Lamson, NameMedia Marketplace's
Senior Vice President and General Manager. "This additional expired domain
name inventory significantly enhances our ability to provide a wide range of
domain options to small to medium-sized business owners looking to purchase a
great name."
    This collaboration for expired domain name auctions adds another way
Tucows shares revenue with its Domain Service resellers. Fully integrated into
the Tucows Domain Service, the expired domain auction program lets resellers
receive a share of the gross sale price of any expired domain (that was
originally registered through them) sold in the Afternic marketplace. There is
no charge for Tucows Domains Service resellers to participate in this program.
    In addition to expired domain name auctions, Tucows Domains Service
Resellers benefit from a reseller-friendly domain name package that includes a
large selection of popular TLDs; the ability to sell premium domain names from
the secondary domain name market; a powerful domain name suggestion tool; free
WHOIS Privacy and Managed DNS with each domain name sold; and a 50 per cent
share of net domain parking program revenue.

    About Tucows

    Tucows provides Internet services for web hosting companies and ISPs.
Through our global network of over 9,000 service providers we provide millions
of email boxes and manage over eight million domains. Tucows is an accredited
registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers). We hold a domain name portfolio of approximately 150,000 domain
names that are available for sale, monetized through advertising and support
our wholesale Personal Names Service. Our Retail division sells Tucows
services to consumers and small business owners through Domain Direct, IYD
(It's Your Domain) and NetIdentity. Tucows.com remains one of the most popular
software download sites on the Internet. For more information please visit:
http://about.tucows.com.

    About NameMedia

    NameMedia operates a leading targeted online media business and a leading
online marketplace for premium domain names. Further information is available
at www.namemedia.com.





For further information:

For further information: Leona Hobbs, Director of Communications, Tucows
Inc., (416) 538-5450, lhobbs@tucows.com

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