The .coop top level domain (TLD) name has gone live, creating a new area of the internet for organisations and companies running as co-operatives.
Unlike .com, .org, and .net domains, in which registration is open to anyone, applicants for .coop domains are limited to credit unions, co-operatives and co-op support organisations.
Late last year .coop opened up domain name reservation to a limited number of co-operatives. These groups reserved around 4,000 .coop domain names before the launch on Wednesday (30 January).
Co-operatives which reserved names were able to use them when the domain went live on the internet's root server on 9 January.
The .coop domain was proposed by the US-based National Co-operative Business Association in September 2000, in co-operation with the International Co-operative Alliance and UK-based Poptel, which will act as the registry operator.
The .coop suffix was approved along with six other TLDs in November 2000. Of these, .info and .biz have already gone live.
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