.CA reaches the one millionth registration milestone

The Canadian ccTLD, .ca, is the latest ccTLD to reach the one millionth domain name registration, reaching the milestone on Tuesday. Although a long way behind the 12 million registrations for .de and 10 million for .cn, it is still a significant landmark.Always noted for its significance, the one millionth registration supposedly went to Brent Krause of Calgary, Alberta, who registered the domain name, krauslaw.ca, and is using it for a website to promote his private law practice. “I’ve recommended dot-ca domains in the past and dot-ca was my first choice for my own legal practice,” says Krause who has over 10-years experience in intellectual property law.I say “supposedly” because of the difficulty in determining what was the precise one millionth registration.The .ca ccTLD was established in 1987 by a group of volunteers at the University of British Columbia and transferred to CIRA in 2000. In 1988 the first dot-ca domain name, upei.ca, was registered by the University of Prince Edward Island. Since then dot-ca domain name usage has grown at over 20% per year. This growth is remarkable considering that dot-ca domains are reserved exclusively for Canadians. “Dot-ca represents Canada on the Internet. A dot-ca domain name, website, or email address means you can be confident that you are dealing with a Canadian or Canadian business online,” says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.Canada’s ccTLD .ca now ranks as the seventeenth largest top level domain. “The registration of over one million dot-ca domains is a testament to the great work being done by CIRA. On behalf of the entire ICANN community, congratulations,” said Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN.

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