OpenSRS Continues Rapid Growth as World’s Largest Domain Name Wholesaler

Over 600 Registration Service Providers Sign-up Domains with TUCOWS’ Wholesale Domain Service in 90 Days

TORONTO, CANADA – January 19, 2000 – Inc. (, the industry’s largest domain name wholesaler, today announced that in three months the company has registered over 600 Registration Service Providers to its OpenSRS Domain Registration System (OpenSRS at, over double that of its nearest competitors, CORE and Network Solutions (NSADAQ:NSOL). Launched by TUCOWS this past October, OpenSRS is an open-source client server system that can be integrated into the backend infrastructure of registration service providers, which include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Web hosting companies and value-added resellers (VARs). The registration application allows for real time and seamless registration of their customers’ domain names.

“Our rapid growth reflects OpenSRS’s value proposition to our customers – both on cost competitive and service fronts,” said Ross W. Rader, Director, Assigned Names Division, Inc. “To meet the service requirements of our customers, we’ve re-aligned our domain operations into a single business unit, Assigned Names Division. Consisting of OpenSRS and our retail domain registration service, the new division will continue to support and drive business value to our customers by offering the industry’s most comprehensive range of domain name registration services.”

TUCOWS recently reduced its annual OpenSRS domain registration fee from (U.S.) $13 to $10 effective January 15, 2000 providing savings of over 70 per cent compared to other industry leaders. OpenSRS streamlines domain registration by allowing consumers and businesses to register in real time their domain name directly with their local ISP, Web hosting company or reseller, reducing costs and registration time. By using the Internet’s open standards rather than proprietary domain filing systems, OpenSRS provides customers a more robust and efficient end-user domain registration service than other registrars. OpenSRS is an ICANN accredited domain registrar.

About Inc. has become the leading provider of software on the Internet by creating an open source marketplace which is comprehensive and easy to use. The current TUCOWS libraries include Windows, Linux, PDA/Handhelds, BeOS, Mac, Games, Themes, Music and Kids with collectively nearly 40,0000 titles. TUCOWS is also the leading wholesaler of domain registration solutions through its Assigned Names Division. TUCOWS has grown to over 90 million page views per month with 6 million monthly unique visitors. With over 750 affiliates in 75 countries hosting the TUCOWS libraries, TUCOWS has the largest independent software distribution network in the world providing the user with a fast, local download.

For more information, please contact:

Charmaine D’Silva Inc.
Public Relations Manager
416-239-9095 ext. 240
416-824-8374 (cell)

Chris Wright
Edelman Public Relations Canada
416-979-1120 ext. 223

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