Worldwide .ORG usage contributes to continued growth in the .ORG Community
RESTON, VA - November 30, 2005 - Public Interest Registry (PIR), the
.ORG registry, announced today that over 4,000,000 .ORG domains are
registered worldwide. The successful growth of the .ORG domain is a
direct result of the increase in global internet use, the credibility
associated with the .ORG brand, as well as the success of over 180
.ORG resellers worldwide.
"We have reached a significant milestone within the .ORG community,"
said Edward G. Viltz, President and CEO of PIR. ".ORG is no longer
considered to be the 'other' domain. It has become the established
Internet home of the worldwide noncommercial community. The attainment
of four million registered .ORG domains is a direct reflection of the
increased awareness and demand for the .ORG domain. We reaffirm our
commitment to the continued management of the .ORG Registry in the
public interest and thank our Registrars, their Resellers, Afilias
Global Registry Services and the .ORG Community for their support."
.ORG, originally created in 1984, has grown to be the third largest
generic top level domain and the fifth largest when including country
code top level domains. PIR is promoting the use of .ORG within the
global nonprofit community through outreach programs targeting
developing regions of the world. Additionally, PIR has offered to
.ORG registrars discounts targeting Latin America, Africa, India,
China and Southeast Asia in an effort to expand the Internet and
promote the .ORG domain in these regions.
About PIR Public Interest Registry ( http://www.pir.org ) is a 501(c)
(3) not-for-profit corporation created by the Internet Society (ISOC)
to manage the .ORG domain. PIR's mission is to manage the .ORG domain
in an exemplary manner, while educating and empowering the global
non-commercial community to use the Internet more effectively and,
concurrently, to take a leadership position among Internet
stakeholders on policy and related issues on behalf of the .ORG
community. PIR is based in Reston, VA, USA.
The .ORG domain, which has come to be associated with noncommercial
activities, is the Internet's third largest "generic" or non-country
specific top-level domain with more than 4 million domain names
registered worldwide. In 2002, the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors selected ISOC's proposal
from among 11 organizations bidding to operate the .ORG top-level
domain. PIR assumed control of the registry on 1 January 2003.
Public Interest Registry (www.pir.org) is a not-for-profit corporation
created by the Internet Society (ISOC) to manage the .ORG top-level
domain. PIR's mission is to manage the .ORG domain in a manner that
supports the continuing evolution of the Internet as a research,
education and communications infrastructure, while educating and
empowering the non-commercial community to most effectively utilize
the Internet. PIR is based in Reston, Virginia.
For more information:
Public Interest Registry
(703) 464-7005 x113