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September 5, 2000 - Arizona Based Domain Registrar To Enter Multilingual Domain Name Testbed

TUCSON, AZ, September 5, 2000 DomainZoo.com, Arizonas only active ICANN accredited domain registrar, today announced their intention to enter the testbed for accredited registrars to register domain names in non-English language character sets in .com, .net, and .org. Presently, prospective registrants are limited to using English language characters when registering their domain names in .com, .net and .org. The testbed will allow users to register domain names with registrars initially in three languages: Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified), and soon thereafter in Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.

The multilingual domain name testbed is a significant step towards increasing Internet functionality and e-commerce opportunities for over 90 percent of the world's population including Mexico and bordering states, stated Steve Sullivan, President and CEO DomainZoo.com, Inc.

Within the next few weeks, NSI Registry will establish a preliminary environment where Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accredited registrars can analyze the Registry Registrar Protocol (RRP) command functionality prior to entering an operational test and evaluation environment. Registrars must successfully complete a multilingual certification evaluation for each language encoding in which they will be registering names. After completing certification testing, registrars will receive authorization to act as a multilingual registrar. The certification process is currently targeted to start in October 2000.

About DomainZoo.com: DomainZoo.com is an official registrar for .com, .net and .org domains. DomainZoo.coms many services include: BulkZoo where one can name the price for bulk registrations, an ISP/Web Developer Program, ShoppingZoo Online Mall, Resource Center, Affiliate and Reward Programs which all offer advantages and opportunities to visiting users. Detailed information is available on their website at . Founded in 1999, DomainZoo.com, Inc. is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

About NSI Registry: NSI Registry division is the leading provider of Internet locator services and is an independent division within Network Solutions, Inc., a VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) company. The Registry maintains the definitive directory of over 19 million web addresses and is responsible for the infrastructure that propagates this information throughout the Internet. As the exclusive provider of registry services to .com, .net, and .org, the Registry currently supports 61 active ICANN accredited registrars operating in 16 countries around the globe.


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