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Afilias to Reserve Country Names in .INFO

— ICANN resolution reflects desirability of .INFO names. —

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – September 10, 2001 — Afilias, the .INFO registry, today announced that the ICANN Board has authorized its general counsel to instruct Afilias to temporarily reserve certain country names included on the ISO3166-1 list. ICANN's resolution comes in response to a Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) communiquè dated September 9 that recommended this action.

"We are pleased that the governments of the world have embraced .INFO and view it as a tool that will aid the proliferation of information about all of the countries of the world," said Hal Lubsen, CEO of Afilias. "The GAC's recommendations underscores the innate benefits to which .INFO possesses as a top-level domain that translates around the world."

Pursuant to this resolution, ICANN will send Afilias a list of the country names that must be temporarily reserved. All names not allocated during the Sunrise Period will be reserved, meaning they will not be eligible to be registered during Afilias' open registration process for the general public that will commence on September 12. If any names on this list have already been allocated as part of the Sunrise Period, then they cannot be reserved but may be subject to challenge under Afilias' Sunrise Challenge process. Any names that are successfully challenged by Afilias will also be temporarily reserved.