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Revamped ‘.us’ Internet Domain Goes Live Wednesday
Tue Apr 23, 4:48 PM ET
By Andy Sullivan
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Revamped ‘.us’ Internet Domain Goes Live Wednesday

April 23, 2002 04:47 PM ET

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Internet users looking for a star-spangled Web presence will be able to sign up for domain names with a “.us” tag starting on Wednesday.

Addresses in the United States’ retooled Internet “country code” will be opened up to U.S. citizens and businesses, after years in which the domain was reserved primarily for local governments, schools and libraries.

Unlike better-known domains such as “.com” and “.org,” which fall under the control of the international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, country codes such as France’s “.fr” and Japan’s “.jp” are assigned to each country to manage as they please.

The United States has until now reserved its “.us” domain for local governments, schools and libraries, under a decentralized, nonprofit system that assigned addresses based on locality. For example, the city of Chicago’s Web page can be found at

Washington-based NeuStar Inc., which won the right to manage the domain last October, plans to preserve the existing system while also opening it up to commercial development. The company has set aside certain addresses like for state and local governments, an official said, but will make available simpler addresses like

The privately held company is also working with the U.S. government to set up a kids-only address that would bar violent content, pornography, or other inappropriate material. A bill that would set up a “” subdomain has cleared a House of Representatives committee and next faces a vote in the full chamber.

A NeuStar official said the company expects to do brisk business, despite a softening market as failed dot-com businesses let their names expire.

“We think we’ll process millions of requests, and the net result will be hundreds of thousands of new registrations,” said Robert Poulin, a senior vice president at NeuStar.

NeuStar, based in Washington, operates the central database of North American telephone numbers. The company, which is privately held, also has a hand in the new “.biz” domain through NeuLevel Inc., a joint venture with Australian telecommunications company Melbourne IT MLB.AX.

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