A directory of all active .coop Web sites is now available from DotCooperation LLC, the sponsor of the cooperative-only .coop domain.
"When you find co-ops on our directory," says NCBA CEO Paul Hazen, "you know they are co-ops that truly identify themselves as co-ops and promote the co-operative principles through their Internet identity." The .coop domain, approved by ICANN in 2000 and launched in early 2002, now has more than 8,000 domain names registered.
Called .coop, the domain name is managed by DotCoop, which is a subsidiary of the NCBA.
And now, DotCoop has launched a directory of all active .coop sites on the Internet.
The directory is free to those with .coop domain registrations that have been activated.
Cooperatives now have a North American option for registering or renewing .coop Internet addressees.
"Domain Bank is highly regarded in the industry and a North American registrar is something we all have wanted for some time," said Paul Hazen, CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association, which won approval for the .coop top-level domain in November 2000.
In addition, it offers forwarding services for email and website support services for a seamless transfer from a .com or .org address to .coop.
Corn-er Stone Farmers Cooperative (see page 14 for more on this co-op) is one of a number of ag cooperatives staking out addresses on the Internet's new ".coop" domain.
The National Cooperative Business Association, which oversees the .coop domain, reports that other ag cooperatives that have registered .coop names include: Ag Processing Inc., Agway, Cabot Creamery, CHS, Growmark, Sunkist, Grainland Cooperative, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, Knouse Foods, National Co-op Refinery Association and West Central Cooperative.
It costs $80 per year to register a .coop name, with an initial 2-year minimum purchase required.