RegistryPro, the operator of the .PRO top-level domain (TLD), announced today it reached an agreement with ICANN that allows for the release and allocation of one-, two- and three-character names. The availability of these several thousand names — like i.pro, pr.pro and 777.pro — is expected to generate significant interest from registrants all over the world.
"We're excited to make these unique .PRO domains available to business and service professionals worldwide," said Catherine Sigmar, general manager of RegistryPro. "We've received over 4,000 emails about 1-, 2- and 3-character .PRO names. Two names in particular have generated over 500 emails on their own. This contract amendment allows RegistryPro to answer this tremendous demand in the coming months."
New business owners who want to distinguish themselves on the Internet, established professional organizations and multinational corporations with household names have all expressed interest in these short, easy-to-remember domain names.
Domains with fewer than four characters have been available in other gTLDs for several years and are highly sought after. .PRO's allocation and release proposal was approved in the ICANN Board of Directors during the 35th ICANN International meeting in Sydney, Australia.
The details for the upcoming release will be made public soon.
.PRO names are available exclusively through .PRO registrars and their authorized partners. A complete list of .PRO registrars is available here.
RegistryPro, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hostway Corporation, operates the .PRO top-level domain (TLD,) an Internet registry exclusively for licensed professionals and entities. All .PRO names are issued with a digital certificate, an online passport that facilitates secure communications and transactions. RegistryPro enables professionals around the world to distinguish themselves on the Internet by using the .PRO extension.
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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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