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RegistryPro Confirms Melbourne IT to Join .Pro TLD Relaunch

Melbourne IT, global leader in domain name registrations and related online business solutions, joins RegistryPro in relaunching the .Pro TLD

RegistryPro, the exclusive operator of the .Pro top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet, has announced that Melbourne IT, one of the top 15 global domain name registrars, has agreed to participate in the highly-anticipated .Pro TLD (Top Level Domain) relaunch on September 8, 2008.

"As one of the world's leading domain name registrars, Melbourne IT occupies a unique position in the industry," said Catherine Sigmar, general manager of RegistryPro. "We are delighted to enter into this agreement and see it as a significant step toward realizing our goals for the .Pro TLD."

"Melbourne IT is excited to be involved in this initiative," stated Joe Luthy, director of marketing for Melbourne IT DBS. "With our large worldwide footprint, we have the ability to maximize the reach and potential of the .Pro TLD within the newly expanded registration parameters. Participating in this relaunch is entirely within the scope of our corporate commitment to enabling and optimizing business performance through online technology services."

The .Pro TLD relaunch on September 8, 2008 will culminate a multiphase roll out that began on May 14 with the announcement that ICANN had approved new registration guidelines for the TLD, significantly opening up the domain. Subsequently, on June 12, 2008, RegistryPro announced the Third Level Transition Initiative, which allows current .Pro registrants to pre-order second-level domains through September 5. The next phase will begin on July 21, 2008, with the Pre-Registration Period, wherein new customers can reserve .Pro domains prior to the go-live date on September 8.

"This relaunch is a huge initiative for .Pro," said Sigmar. "This will effectively open up .Pro to tens of millions of licensed and credentialed professionals and entities across the globe. And our partnership with Melbourne IT is a key component in the plan."

Current registrants in the .Pro TLD can contact their sponsoring registrar for further information. More information may also be obtained by visiting RegistryPro's Web site at http://www.registry.pro/.

About RegistryPro:
RegistryPro, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hostway Corporation, operates the .Pro top-level domain (TLD,) an Internet registry exclusively for licensed professionals and entities. RegistryPro enables professionals around the world to distinguish themselves on the Internet by using the .Pro extension.

About Melbourne IT DBS:
Melbourne IT DBS is a world leader in domain name registrations and related online business solutions. Established in 1996 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1999, the company has experienced rapid growth through the delivery of high value online solutions and outstanding customer service.

Contact:
Catherine Sigmar
General Manager
RegistryPro
(312) 416-0294 x260
pr [at] registry [dot] pro

Lyza Swearingen Latham
Director of Marketing
Hostway Corporation
(954) 334-8139
publicity [at] hostway [dot] com

About .PRO

.PRO

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, RegistryPro is the ICANN-designated operator of the .PRO TLD. Since launching in 2004, .PRO has become an important tool for businesses, organizations and individuals in building trusted relationships throughout the world. In many languages, "pro" is synonymous with dedication, skill, and vision — the .PRO name allows people to capture that distinctive character. Whether developing a brand, refining an identity, or promoting a specialty, .PRO offers every business and professional the opportunity to enhance their image by adding a powerful, easy-to-identify name to their online presence and web-based products. (Learn More)

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