News / June 2009

Tucows Signs Revised ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement

Improves Protections for Domain Holders and Includes a Two Cent ICANN Fee Reduction to be Passed Along to Resellers

TORONTO, June 30 – Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC), a global provider of domain names, email and other Internet services, today announced that it has signed the revised Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with ICANN at the organization’s 35th International Meeting in Sydney, Australia. The new agreement takes effect July 1, 2009.

Customers of OpenSRS, the wholesale Reseller services division of Tucows Inc., will immediately see a reduction in the ICANN Fee associated with Global Top-level Domain registrations purchased through the OpenSRS platform. That fee will drop to $0.18 cents effective July 1, 2009.

“We’re pleased to be amongst the first group of Registrars to sign the new RAA,” said Adam Eisner, Director, Domain Services, Tucows. “This revised agreement reinforces the commitment Tucows, the greater registrar community and ICANN all have to the protection of individual domain holders.”

The revised RAA contains new regulations to safeguard the rights of domain name holders who purchase names through resellers of domain names, including new measures designed to ensure that Registrant data protected by WHOIS privacy services is properly escrowed.

About Tucows

Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS manages over 8 million domain names and millions of email boxes through a reseller network of over 9,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. YummyNames owns premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. Butterscotch.com is an online video network building on the foundation of Tucows.com. More information can be found at http://tucowsinc.com.

For further information: Lawrence Chamberlain, The Equicom Group for Tucows Inc., (416) 815-0700 ext. 257, lchamberlain@equicomgroup.com

Tucows Amends and Extends Second Modified Dutch Tender Offer

TORONTO – June 24, 2009 – Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) a global provider of domain names, email and other Internet services, announced today that it has reduced the amount of Common Stock that it is offering to repurchase under the modified Dutch auction tender that commenced on May 26, 2009 to 1,000,000 shares, representing 1.5% of the Company’s outstanding shares, from 4,000,000. The Company has also extended the term of the tender offer to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 9, 2009. The offer was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on June 23, 2009.

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Elliot Noss on the Proposed U.S. National Broadband Plan

Tucows’ CEO Elliot Noss explains the initiative proposed by David Isenberg to focus the upcoming National Broadband Plan on “faster, more affordable, more ubiquitous, more reliable connections to the Internet.”

As a signatory to the initiative, Noss believes it’s essential not to confuse “broadband” with access to the Internet. It needs to be spelled out explicitly to make sure that the plan meets the needs of ordinary citizens.

More information here: http://www.itstheinternetstupid.com/

Inside Ride Raises $25K for Kids with Cancer

Each year, the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation puts on the Inside Ride, a fun event to raise funds for children living with cancer. Tucows was proud to participate again this year, and our parking lot was filled with people as ten teams competed against each other on stationary bikes. Prior to the event, each team raised pledges and then this past Friday, six riders from each team faced off against each other to see who could ride the farthest in a series of ten-minute sprints.

Tucows teams included people from Hover, Butterscotch, and various departments within the company. It was a great way to burn some calories on a beautiful sunny day while contributing to a worthy cause. When it was all over, we’d raised $25,000 for the charity. Thanks to all of our donors and we hope to surpass that total next year!

You can read more (and see some video and photos) at the OpenSRS blog, the Hover blog, and at Butterscotch.com.

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