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Podgorica, Montenegro – July 16, 2008 – The .ME Registry officially opens for live, real-time registrations in the new .ME domain at 15:00UTC July 17, 2008. Companies, organizations and members of the public can now get a Web presence that is truly personal, and have their new Web site working within minutes!
"The .ME registry live registration ushers in a new era of personalization on the Internet," said Predrag Lesic, the registry's executive director. "We were excited to see the innovative and catchy new names that were registered during Landrush, and now this brand new top level domain is open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis."
The registration process for .ME began in May when the Sunrise period for trademark holders began. Landrush for the general public to register names began in June. In total more than 30,000 domains have already been registered and auctions for competing applications are now taking place. With open registrations, new domains registered will go live within minutes enabling anyone in the world to launch a site that is all about them immediately.
"The registry also expects to soon release its plan for auctioning many premium names that would serve as good new business or marketing ventures, including Love.ME, Buy.ME, and Date.Me," said Lesic.
Details of the .ME auctions should be released in August 2008.
A list of more than 85 accredited registrars from 24 different countries selling .ME domains is available at www.Domain.ME.
About the .ME Registry:
.ME Registry (the d.b.a of doMEn, d.o.o.) was chosen by the government of Montenegro to operate the new .ME domain name extension. The domain extension will be available to the general public worldwide in mid-July. .ME Registry partners include ME-net, GoDaddy.com and Afilias Limited. Me-Net is located in Montenegro and its principals have been leaders in the ICT sector in Montenegro, including the privatization of its largest ISP. GoDaddy.com is located in the USA and is the world's largest domain name registrar and the largest paid hostname provider in the world, according to Netcraft Ltd. Afilias Limited is headquartered in Ireland and is a leading registry services provider, supporting more than 13 million domains worldwide.