9/19/2006

New .EU domain use seen hampered by

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:08 pm

Companies owning thousands of common names for Internet use will hold back the spread of .eu, Europe’s attempt to rival .com, campaigners said on Tuesday.

The European Union-sponsored .eu Internet domain was launched in April and two million names have been registered, including www.europa.eu, the 25-nation bloc’s own website.

EU officials said .eu offers a European profile, and makes it easier for companies to have a one-stop shop Web site rather than an address for each country they operate in.

But campaigners and European Parliament members say a few firms bought 200,000 to 300,000 generic names that people often use to search for information on the Web.

The EU contracted Eurid, a domain registration agency, to operate .eu, and Maria Berger, a German socialist in the EU assembly, said it has been too generous in registering generic names.

“It should be possible to deny registration if it’s apparent abuse,” Berger told reporters during a visit to Eurid on the outskirts of Brussels.

Source: Reuters

 

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