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How .eco Domain Was Won, Vancouver Team Behind the TLD

"In the high-stakes world of internet domains, .eco was a dream green prize — and is now finally going online," Lisa Johnson reporting in CBC News: Finally, after eight years of high-stakes internet bureaucracy — and a fight famously linked to Al Gore and Mikhail Gorbachev — [Trevor] Bowden and [Jacob] Malthouse won stewardship of the .eco domain, with the backing of dozens of environmental organizations. Now, from their one-room office in Vancouver's Chinatown, they're doling out the very first .eco sites [nic.eco] — not via big-money auctions common in the domain-name industry, but on the basis of an environmental track record."

— "What made Big Room's application different was the backing of more than 50 environmental groups including Greenpeace, WWF International, and the David Suzuki Foundation, secured over years of consultation about how .eco should be run."

— "But it took almost two more years of hearings and arbitration through ICANN before a final decision this year. 'We were going at it hammer and tongs with these commercial applicants,' said Malthouse. 'They put a lot of energy into discrediting us.'"

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