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Businesses Rush For '.eu' Domain Names

Associated Press NewsWire (
Fri, 9 Dec 2005 16:51:07 -0600

European businesses rushed to sign up for the new ".eu" Internet
domain name, putting in 100,000 Web site applications by the end of
its first day available, the group in charge of registering the
requests said Thursday.

Businesses and public bodies were able to sign up for the new European
Union Internet address starting Wednesday morning, and they did so
with haste.

They filed 40,503 applications within the first 15 minutes of
availability -- hitting a top speed of 60 requests per second --
according to the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, or EURid,
the nonprofit organization in charge of handling requests.

That number had nearly doubled by the end of the first hour, when
80,000 applications had been received. By the end of the day, ""
was the most requested name, with 213 applicants bidding for it,
followed by "" and "" Other popular site names
included jobs, casino, poker, golf, music and porn, followed by the
new ".eu" domain.

The Web site names were handed out on a first-come, first-served
basis, with German enterprises filing the most requests, EURid
said. France and the Netherlands rounded off the top three countries
most eager to sign up for the new domain.

Until now, Europeans had to choose between a national domain such as
".fr" for France or a global one like ".com," often seen as American.

Richard More O'Ferrall, spokesman for the EU small business lobby
UEAPME, said the ".eu" name could be useful for European companies.

"It broadens your appeal and the appeal of your product across
Europe," he said. "You have something that identifies you with the

Though many are not yet up and running, new domain names can be used
immediately but not everyone is allowed to register names during this
sunrise period.

Only registered trademark owners, government agencies and companies
may sign up during the registration round that began Wednesday. On
Feb. 2, ".eu" opens up to family names.

General registration begins April 7, but only to people who live in
the European Union and to companies with headquarters or branches
inside the 25-nation bloc.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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