Begins Accepting .info Sunrise Registrations

Prior to the official launch, helps intellectual property owners
secure .info domain names and protect their brands

New York, NY – July 12, 2001 –, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCOM), a leading
provider of domain name registration and Internet services, today announced
that the company has begun accepting applications for .info Sunrise
registrations from eligible trademark and service mark holders. Afilias
Ltd., the .info registry, has designated a Sunrise Period, which begins
July 25th, to allow owners of intellectual property to register qualified
names in advance of the general public. As a service to its customers, is giving registrants extra time to prepare for the launch of
the .info Sunrise Period, thereby increasing their chances of getting in
the first batch of Sunrise registrations to be processed by the .info
registry and obtaining their desired names. The Sunrise registration names
will be processed by the .info registry in several sequential batches; the
first of which is scheduled to start on July 25th and close at midnight
(EDT) on July 31st. Subsequent batches will be processed every few days
until August 15th, at which point Sunrise registrations will be performed
in real-time through August 27th.

“”””””””Because many businesses can have trademarks on the same name in different
industries, we are advising eligible trademark and service mark holders to
move quickly and get into the first batch,”””””””” said Richard Forman, President
and CEO of “”””””””By starting the application process two weeks
before the official launch, we are giving our customers additional lead
time to put the best strategy in place to protect their brands and secure
their desired domain names.””””””””

In the event that two registrants request the same domain name in the same
batch, the recipient of the name will be selected by the .info registry
through a randomized process. Registrations for the .info domain name will
be available for a five-year term for $35 per year. The .info Sunrise
Period will be open to all owners of any current trademark or service mark
that have any national effect and were registered prior to October 2, 2000.
.info will be the Internet’s first unrestricted top-level domain since
.com, available for all uses, including business, personal and
not-for-profit Web sites.

The .info timeline is as follows:
.Info Timetable

Dates 7/12/01 7/25/01 7/31/01 8/27/01 9/12/01 On or about 9/19/01 (TBA)
Actions begins accepting applications for Sunrise Period
registrations .info registry begins accepting Sunrise Period
registrations First batch of Sunrise Period closes Sunrise Period ends
Start-up Period begins Start-up Period ends, real time
registrations begin and .info domain names become live will be accepting Sunrise Period registrations at toll free
866-455-1255 (outside the US call 902-749-2763). For additional information
see our website at

About, Inc. ( provides domain name registration and
other Internet services for individuals and businesses that wish to have a
unique address and a branded identity on the Internet. The first registrar
to compete in the domain registration market after its deregulation in
1999, has processed over 3.5 million registrations across over
250 top level domains.

Through the company’s Global Partner Network, also provides
telcos, ISPs and other online businesses and communities with the ability
to offer, brand and manage their own unique version of the
domain registration and Web site creation services. The company’s Corporate
Services Division provides specialized domain services for Fortune 500
companies, including international brand protection, trademark protection
and enhanced domain security. was named among the Top 100 Web
Sites by PC Magazine in March, 2001. The company was founded in 1994 and is
based in New York.

The information contained herein about timelines, services, policies and
procedures for .info domain names is based on recent announcements and
communications from Afilias Ltd., the .info registry and may be subject to
change. A domain name application is a distinctly different process from
registration and cannot guarantee that applications will
result in successful registrations. In addition there may be reasons why will not be able to submit domain name applications including,
without limitation, that the .info registry may never go live and begin
accepting registrations.