EuroDNS announced sunrise period for .CM today. The .CM is the country code top level domain (ccTLD) for the Republic of Cameroon. It is another domain name extension to use for your personal or business. Instead of having .com .net .org or .etc, you can also register randompage.cm domain name if you own the trademark rights for "randompage" starting June 15 'till July 14.
According to PR website "During the Sunrise phase, the minimum registration period is 2 years and applicants must hold a valid and issued trademark at the time of application. If there is more than one valid Sunrise application for the same domain name, the name will be awarded to the registrant with the oldest registered trademark. Each domain application costs 360 EUR with a non-refundable fee of 60 EUR, including a two years term." (2009, prweb.com)
On July 15th-31th Landrush period, all domain name applications will be subjected to a premium fee (260 EUR including 2 years term) and an auction system.
The live registration is on August 1st, 2009 where everyone can register a .CM domain name on a first come first serve basis. The minimum registration is 1 year and the price differ from registrar.
One of the sell pitch is "People often forget to type the "o" when looking for .com domain name, and having your domain name in .cm could secure a lot of traffic". (2009, prweb.com). This is the similar approach for selling .CO the country code top level domain (ccTLD) for Colombia. That's a good one but the business minded people forget to include the changes of technology. For example, some business network are now using openDNS network for web filtering security, where if you type www.randompage.co or www.randompage.cm the system will automatically redirect to www.randompage.com website. So my assumption, even you own .co or .cm domain name, the openDNS (any related web filtering tools) will consider this a typo of .com website. Making this extension useless for you.
I will not be surprise if Internet Service Provider is going to use OpenDNS web filtering tools as this service is free to use for personal or business. They can stop the fraud website on the DNS level before this going to the customer web page. And if you are not using this tool (OpenDNS), visit the website today and protect your network.
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