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The domain coop is a sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It is intended for the use of cooperatives, their wholly owned subsidiaries, and other organizations that exist to promote or support co-operatives. The coop TLD was proposed by the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) as a response to the announcement by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in late 2000 of a phased release of seven new generic top-level domains in an expansion of the Internet domain name space. The proposal was backed by many cooperatives and similar trade groups around the world, including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). The technical infrastructure for the coop TLD was developed by the worker cooperative Poptel in the United Kingdom and became operational on January 30, 2002. The domain's sponsoring organization is DotCooperation LLC (also known as dotCoop), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Cooperative Business Association. DotCooperation is responsible for the TLD operation, including the enforcement of registration requirements. In 2005, the Midcounties Co-operative assumed operation of the domain registry through a subsidiary unit (Midcounties Co-operative Domains). DynDNS was contracted as the sole DNS provider for the registry in 2006.Active coop domains holders are automatically included in an online co-op directory and registrants receive a periodic newsletter. Registrations are processed via accredited ICANN domain name registrars or their resellers. coop domains are in use around the world, however, many co-ops, as businesses in the global community, also maintain domain names in other generic or country code top-level domains to identify themselves both as a co-op and as a business.
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[[Paul Hazen]], President of dotCoop }} '''.coop''' is one of the [[sTLD|sponsored top-level domain names]] (sTLD) delegated in the [[Root Zone|root zone]] of the [[DNS|domain name system]] (DNS) of the Internet. It was created for the use of cooperatives and cooperative organizations. The [[NCBA|National Cooperative Business Association]] (NCBA) is the sponsoring organization responsible for developing and implementing registry policies for the .coop domain space; it is committed to using the surplus revenues earned from the registry to develop cooperatives in underdeveloped countries through the Digital Divide Fund. [[DotCooperation LLC]] (dotCoop), a wholly owned subsidiary of the NCBA, manages the operations of .coop while [[Midcounties Cooperative]] provides back-end [[registry]] solutions through its subsidiary [[DyDNS]]. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) is responsible for the global marketing and outreach of the the .coop sTLD.[http://www.nic.coop/about-us.aspx About .Coop] ==Background== During the first round of [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|TLD expansion program]] in 2000, the NCBA proposed the establishment of the .coop TLD in cooperation with the ICA and Poptel, a cooperative [[ISP|Internet services provider]] (ISP) based UK to serves as registry operator.[http://archive.icann.org/en/tlds/report/co-op1.html Summary of Application of Cooperative League of USA] .Coop was one of the seven sponsored top-level domain names approved by ICANN to be delegated in the DNS [[root zone]] along with [[.aero]] [[.biz]], .[[info]], [[.name]] [[.pro]] and [[.museum]]. [http://archive.icann.org/en/tlds/new-tld-faq.htm New TLDs: FAQs/17 November 2000] On May 25, 2001, the NCBA created the DotCooperation LLC to ensure that the .coop registry will be operated independently. The NCBA and ICANN signed the Sponsorship Agreement on November 21, 2001. The .coop TLD was implemented in the [[DNS]] [[Root Zone|root zone]] on January 15, 2001. Poptel also signed a contract with NCBA to serve as the registry backend.[http://www.nic.coop/focus-articles/10-years-of-coop.aspx 10 Years of .Coop] On July 16, 2007, DotCoop renewed its Sponsorship Agreement with ICANN.[http://www.nic.coop/dotcoop-news/contract-signed-with-icann-for-coop-renewal.aspx Contract Signed with ICANN for .coop Renewal] ICANN also approved the release of the Go.coop domain name on September 18, 2007.[https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:vCNSmliekFsJ:www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/rsep/icann-to-dotcoop-18sep07-en.pdf+DotCoop+and+ICANN&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESg3qeuS432zc2MRGQmLcKkIjfgo0Yb57lFkTaOhIHVmWz95euNoJEtLBobz87Qf0UUFXkgKDIGivBqrozaDmFMsZtDzLKh920BzcWJMqr1Wj-qjlYYPpMqbe5Vupj6cwoNwQD51&sig=AHIEtbTtoLxajbkx0KzQv4laaQDslVEkFw Domain Name Exception-Go.coop] Dot Coop submitted a request to ICANN to allow the organization to allocate one and two character domain names under the .coop domain space through an RFP process on May 27, 2008. In i's letter to ICANN, DotCoop cited the RSTEP report, [[GNSO]] Names Working Group Recommendation and the approval of the releases of two-character domain names for [[.jobs]] in support for its request. The [[RSTEP]] reported that the release of two-character domain names does not create reasonable risk to the security and stability of the DNS while the [[GNSO]] Reserve Names Working Group recommended that registries may request the release of two-character domain names as long as procedures to avoid confusions with any corresponding [[ccTLD]]s will be implemented [https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:MakqkXET9W8J:www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/rsep/coop-request-29may08-en.pdf+DotCoop+and+ICANN&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiDoDB9E_7XKAZI9jl3Dl88juQG8t4fpxW3iIiTdMU8_PEFWetsqcR2CifD_KlZdKjz7RtHOESnTnGSp5KLQ2WT84YW86Mh8GNVCLgkkCwDTD2MVtl4puyqbGrIgGdAbpDU0Lyl&sig=AHIEtbQ-iqjRW2PLBT-kDw9ODO6hDQr68A Single-and-Two-Letter-Domain-Name-Allocation-27-May-2008.doc] On June 13, 2008, ICANN approved DotCoop's request to release single and two-letter domain names after determining that there is no associated competition or security and security risk.[https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:3Q1DBLbPSL0J:www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/rsep/icann-to-coop-13jun08-en.pdf+DotCoop+and+ICANN&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShFV8OrDVVW9jA0iWYUKJDO2F9tbb0nLbxlV70KmMDlvNOY-R377GC6fz3QIbk8q4gBEQpiH_cm13-N7a9EzBjl6MlzZohbbYgVNMUI6o8ZM9W6oeEvGQiOTqFucX7iz77NGna3&sig=AHIEtbSyUwnOYx4wuQKrOyhXizICSn7vcQ ICANN Preliminary Determination] [http://www.internetnews.me/2008/06/16/one-and-two-character-domains-dotmobi-and-dotcoop/ One and Two Character Domains? Dotmobi and dotcoop] ==Founders== The founding organizations of the .coop TLD include:[http://www.nic.coop/about-us.aspx About .Coop-Founders] * National Cooperative Business Association * International Cooperative Alliance * National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative * Cooperatives UK * NCB * National Dairy Development Board ==Registration Eligibility== The .coop TLD is restricted; only cooperatives, cooperative support organizations, and businesses owned by cooperatives are allowed to register a domain name. Registrations are verified and all registrants are required to submit an affirmation of membership from two cooperative organizations in their country or region.[http://www.nic.coop/media/1207/fact_sheet.pdf .Coop Fact Sheet] ==Dispute Policy== The World Intellectual Property Organization ([[WIPO]]) was selected by dotCoop to handle all disputes under the .coop domain name space. [http://www.nic.coop/media/3042/.coop_dispute_policy.pdf .Coop Dispute Policy] ==.Coop Accredited Registrars== The following companies are accredited registrars for .coop registry: [http://www.nic.coop/become-a-registrar.aspx Accreduted Registrars] * [[EuroDNS]] * [[EnCirca]] * [[NamesBeyond]] * [[Secura Gmbh]] (DOMAINREGISTRY.DE) * [[AB NameISP]] * [[GoodLuck Internet Services]] * [[Domains.coop]] * [[Tuonome.it]] * [[Firstserver]] * [[Gandi SAS]] * [[CORE]] * [[Domain Bank]] ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category:TLD]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|coop]] __Notoc__

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Registrar Details

COOP Domain Name
DotCooperation LLC
1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, Dc, 20005
1 202 383 5453
1 202 347 1968
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