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.org for 1 dollar

by Nikola Strahija on July 19th, 2005 The developing world could soon see .org domain names for just $1 under a new scheme by non-for-profit registry PIR.


From the start of July, PIR (Public Interest Registry) will provide domain-name sellers with a $5 rebate for every domain they sell in Latin America and India. The cost to registrars is usually $6 per domain per year, and they are usually sold for a few extra dollars to consumers.

Registrars will not be obliged to hand the rebate to the end user, but PIR hopes prices of .org will be much smaller. The scheme thereby works two-fold: it gives registrars a greater incentive to sell .org domains, while at the same time reducing the price of domains for those in some of the world's poorest countries.

PIR will start selling .org domains in eight different languages from this weekend (23 July). Danish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Swedish will be added to existing German domains, opening the first front on a much larger push for "internationalised domain names" or IDNs.

PIR took over the .org registry in January 2003. It has since gained a popular following, in part thanks to its championing of open-source software through technical partner Afilias. With nearly four million .org domains now in existence, it is also the fifth largest registry on the Internet.

All excess funds from the sale of .org domains will go to the Internet Society which builds Internet infrastructure and funds workshops, training programmes and development grants related to the Internet in the poorest areas of the world.


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