Tucows Introduces First Wholesale Premium Domain Name Service

    Makes Finding and Buying a Great Domain Name Easier

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Tucows Inc. (AMEX:  TCX, TSX:TC), a leading
provider of Internet services to web hosting companies and ISPs worldwide, has
unveiled its Premium Domains service - the first such offering at the
wholesale level.
    Partnering with Domain Distribution Network (Fabulous.com) and
NameMedia's Afternic Domain Listing Service (DLS), Tucows now offers over
600,000 premium domains for sale through its network of over 7,000 service
providers worldwide.
    Domain names are extremely important to businesses and individuals
looking to establish an Internet presence. They provide a crucial part of
corporate identities and create memorable online brands that are easy to
market and remember.
    With the explosion of interest and profitability of Internet marketing,
high quality descriptive domains have become a rare commodity, and as with
anything rare, a market has developed to offer these assets for resale in a
secondary exchange.
    "The domain name market is about to undergo its greatest change since
Tucows entered as the first true wholesaler in 1999," said Elliot Noss,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. "The addition of Premium
Domains will be important for our service provider customers who excel at
servicing small and medium-sized businesses, those most likely to benefit from
Premium Domains. By redefining the domain search process to include names from
the aftermarket, it makes it possible for people to find that perfect domain
    Premium names are not a new idea. They have been bought and sold for the
last decade. However, what has been missing until now was a simple way to
connect buyers with sellers in a seamless exchange that manages the
transaction in real time. Tucows has changed the market by facilitating
near-instant transfers via its wholesale network. This is the start of a new
era for the domain name market.
    "In the past, when you wanted to transfer a domain from one registrant to
another, the whole process could take days," said Adam Eisner, Product Manager
for Domains, Tucows. "The real beauty of our Premium Domains service is that
it gives our network of service providers a way to sell a large range of
high-quality domains to their customers nearly instantly, as if they were new
    Tucows is partnering with AfternicDLS and Domain Distribution Network to
enable a one-stop-shopping approach giving business users purchase access to
over 600,000 premium names in a single search. Premium Domains from Tucows
will also include selections from the Tucows domain portfolio.
    "As the world leader in secondary market domain names sales, NameMedia
looks forward to providing Tucows customers with an unmatched breadth of
domain quality and choice," said Peter Lamson, senior vice president and
general manager of NameMedia's domain name marketplace. "AfternicDLS members
will also benefit as we continue to expand the distribution channels for our
Domain Listing Service, giving domain sellers an easy choice for where to list
their names to get the best exposure to potential buyers."
    The Domain Distribution Network believes partnering with Tucows is a
winning proposition. "We're very excited to be working with Tucows," said Dan
Warner, Chief Strategy Officer of Fabulous.com. "Their extensive network of
resellers provides domain owners access to an untapped market of people who
traditionally didn't have the capability to buy many domains which had been
'off the market.'"
    Visit http://services.tucows.com/services/domains/ for more information.
    Elliot Noss will be discussing the domain name economy as part of a panel
discussion, "Dark Matter: Are We Missing the Real Internet Economy?" on
Thursday June 21, 2007 at Supernova 2007 in San Francisco, CA.

    About Domain Distribution Network (DDN)

    The Domain Distribution Network is an essential aftermarket domain
distribution service. It acts as the centralized source of domain "stock" for
high quality registrars and other high profile resellers. The domain stock
consists of high quality generic domains that are highly suited for small to
medium enterprise businesses. DDN doesn't compete with registrars. It acts as
a technology partner to allow registrars a clean and efficient means to
monitor, maintain, and transact in the complex aftermarket channel of the
domain space.
    Through the Domain Distribution Technology, registrars enable users to
purchase and control a domain within a matter of seconds by utilizing a safe
and efficient streamlined sales and transfer process. DDN offers registrars a
means to authenticate ownership of domains; allows open communication with a
wide community of domain owners and other registrars in real time; and
prevents fraud and trademark abuse. DDN has become the stock exchange
technology servicing the aftermarket domain channel.

    About NameMedia

    NameMedia is the industry leader in Direct Search and the marketplace for
premium domain names. The company leverages the power of Direct Search through
a proprietary publishing platform that creates revenue-generating search
destinations, including the company's network of vertical online properties.
NameMedia also has the industry's largest marketplace for buying and selling
premium domain names. NameMedia is a privately-held, venture-backed company
headquartered outside Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information,
visit http://www.namemedia.com.

    About Tucows

    Tucows is the largest Internet services provider for hosting companies
and ISPs. Through our network of over 7,000 service providers around the world
we provide millions of email boxes and manage over seven million domains.
Tucows is an accredited registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers). Tucows remains one of the most popular software
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For further information: Leona Hobbs, Director of Communications,
Tucows, (416) 538-5450, lhobbs@tucows.com

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