The Public Interest Registry (PIR), managers of the .ORG registry, announced today that 5,000,000 .ORG domains are now registered worldwide. The phenomenal growth experienced by the .ORG registry in 2006 reflects the continued increase in awareness, value and use of the .ORG brand, in addition to the success of .ORG registrars internationally.
"This is a significant milestone for the .ORG registry and we are excited that the number of .ORG registrations worldwide has increased by over 25 percent in less than 1 year," said Edward G. Viltz, President and CEO of PIR. "PIR is especially pleased that the global noncommercial community has an expanding online presence to support their organizational objectives. In addition, commensurate with this growth, the PIR Team is committed to continue expanding our support of the .ORG community on relevant Internet issues and to ensure community interests are represented within the domain name space."
Beginning in July of 2005, in an effort to increase Internet use by noncommercial organizations globally and promote the .ORG domain, PIR offered .ORG registrars discounts targeting developing regions of the world, including South America, Asia, and Africa. The promotions have resulted in a 50 percent increase in .ORG domain registrations in the targeted regions. In India, where in the fall of 2005, PIR held a series of internet outreach initiatives for noncommercial organizations; growth has reached a 93 percent annual increase. The outreach programs have assisted in further distinguishing .ORG as a global brand within the noncommercial community.
PIR congratulates and thanks all .ORG registrars on their success and contributions to this milestone. In addition, PIR appreciates the support of the .ORG Advisory Council, the Internet community, Afilias Limited, and the Internet Society for their support on this significant accomplishment.
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain – the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. (Learn More)
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