Tucows Chooses NameEngine as Exclusive Vendor for Corporate Domain Name Services

New York, NY – May, 7, 2001- Tucows Inc., a leading distributor of e-business services and applications and a provider of wholesale domain name registrations worldwide, announced today that it has reached a strategic agreement with NameEngine Inc., a provider of global online domain name management and intellectual property protection services to some of the world’s largest corporate clients.

Under the terms of the arrangement, Tucows will offer NameEngine’s full range of corporate domain name tools to its reseller channel, including NameEngine’s ccTLD registration services and its flagship domain name management application, Central Station. Central Station is NameEngine’s innovative browser-based domain name management system designed specifically to manage large domain portfolios. In addition, Tucows will provide NameEngine with use of its back-end technical systems for .com, .net, and .org. The parties also plan to collaborate on new technical projects.

“NameEngine’s Central Station services a lucrative market niche,” said Elliot Noss, President and CEO, Tucows. “It will allow Tucows the opportunity to pursue Fortune 500 companies, a market that is new to us. It’s an excellent system to help manage large domain portfolios. That, combined with NameEngine’s far-reaching expertise with country-code top-level domains, means that we can offer a complete solution to our resellers. This adds one more element to our product offering to fuel future growth.”

Antony Van Couvering, President and CEO of NameEngine, said, “This is a great deal for us. By partnering with Tucows, NameEngine will have access to an extensive roster of global resellers to whom we can offer our broad range of ccTLD services and the means to identify and meet their clients’ intellectual property needs. Furthermore, Tucows’ experience with large-volume domain transactions will be of great practical help to us as we grow. This gives us a tremendous competitive advantage and provides us with the tools to meet our clients’ needs.”

Tucows Inc., recently announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Infonautics, Inc. (NASDAQ: INFO), a provider of personalized information agents and Internet sites. The merger transaction, which is subject to shareholder and certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the third quarter of 2001. For information about the merger, including the S4 filing, link to: http://tucowsinc.com/mergers/.

About NameEngine

NameEngine, an ICANN-accredited registrar based in New York, specializes in helping companies and legal professionals protect and manage Internet domain names on a global basis. NameEngine’s flagship property, Central Station, offers a complete online domain name portfolio management solution — ordering, administration, expert resources, docketing, and workflow solutions. NameEngine’s clients include many Fortune 500 companies.

For NameEngine information, contact:
Rebecca Smith
NameEngine, Inc.
212-274-1960 x31
rebecca@nameengine.com

About Tucows

Tucows is a leading distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet. With a network of more than 5,000 Managed Service Providers (Internet Service Providers, Web Hosting companies, Domain Name Resellers and others) in more than 110 countries around the world, Tucows is the largest network of its kind. The Tucows site offers over 30,000 software titles in libraries located around the world, providing users with a fast local download. Tucows Inc. is an ICANN-accredited registrar. Tucows is the leading provider of wholesale domain name registrations and related services in the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.opensrs.org or http://partner.tucows.com or go to http://www.tucows.com and click on Partner Home.

Contact:
Dan Klores Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
Mark Hazlin/ Ed Tagliaferri/Phil DiIanni
Ph: (212) 685-4300
Mark.hazlin@dkanews.com/

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