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11|21|2012 12:20 pm EDT

.CA Breaks 2 Million Domain Registrations, .CZ breaks 1 Million

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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CIRA passes 2 Million Registered Domains

As per a tweet from the .CA registry,  the registry passed the 2 Million domain mark yesterday. However with today being a Wednesday, that number has dropped below the 2 Million mark again, as the registry drops deleted domain names in their “to be released” process once a week. There is no press release on this highly anticipated milestone yet., but there is a list of 22 “facts” that the registry published on Facebook – including 7 false facts that they are asking you to find.


.CZ: Over 1 Million Domains registered

As reported on Robbies’ Blog, the  Czech ccTLD registry for .CZ passed 1 Million domain name registrations. The registry publishes realtime statistics on their homepage. According to the announcement by the registry, 58% of domains are owned by individuals. The Czech Republic has a population of just over 10 Million people. Robbies’ Blog also has an interview and more information.

[via CIRA, Robbies’ Blog]

02|22|2012 11:34 am EDT

.CA Launches CIRA Factbook

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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CIRA Factbook

CIRA, the .CA registry announced today that they published a Factbook about Domain Names on their site. The new site features information such as:

  • History of Domain Names
  • Current Domain Name Registration Statistics
  • Information on registration trends and growth rates
  • Statistics regarding the Canadian domain space
  • Information on the Canadian Internet Economy

The registry will also be hosting the Canadian Internet Forum in the coming week (Feb 27th, 2012) in Ottawa.

10|13|2010 07:23 pm EDT

.CA Registry Goes EPP

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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While some of the .CA registrars are apparently still having problems with this morning’s switchover of the .CA registry to EPP, the registry appears to have successfully completed their migration. So what do the changes mean, aside from another backend protocol being used for registrars to connect to the registry?

  • Registrants will now generally only deal with their registrars and not have to interact with CIRA directly.
  • There are no more CIRA user IDs
  • Domains are Auto-Renewed on a Registry level – just like COM/NET/ORG the registry now automatically renews the domain at the expiry date and charges the registrar account. It is to be expected that registrars will however delete any domains that are not set to auto-renew on the registrar level, just like for the gTLDs.
  • New 3rd and 4th level domains are no longer supported with the exception of 4th level municipal domains. Existing 3rd and 4th level domains will be grandfathered.
  • Registrars can now offer their own whois privacy system for individual registrants.
  • The number of contacts per domain is now limited and not maintained across registrars.
  • New Data used to validate Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR) will be required in 2011.
  • Domains can only be transferred to another registrars 60 days after their initial registration or a previous transfer.
  • An ownership change of a domain does not require a renewal of the domain name any more.
  • “Critical changes” are now processed immediately.

As part of the switchover the registry operator also temporarily disabled the domain deletions, which were usually happening once a week. The process is going to restart on November 3rd, 2011.

09|03|2010 03:47 pm EDT

The .CA Registry (CIRA) and “Public Interest”

by Zak Muscovitch in Categories: ccTLDs

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Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch at DomainConvergence 2008

Guest contributor Zak Muscovitch is a domain name lawyer, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been practicing domain name law for over ten years and is now running for the election for a seat on the CIRA Board of Directors. Go to and for more information.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) operates Canada’s .CA domain name registry in the “public interest”. Where does this authority come from and what is the “public interest”? During the current 2010 election for CIRA’s Board of Directors, these questions should be raised and debated. CIRA has an important role to fill as the operational manager of the registry, but has an equally important role to fill in terms of governing the .CA space in the public interest.

Read the full article after the jump. (more…)

06|09|2010 07:16 pm EDT

Targeted TRAFFIC Vancouver .CA Live Auction Results

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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We will be live blogging blogged the auction results at the Targeted TRAFFIC Vancouver .CA Live Auction in Vancouver. As always we do not guarantee the accuracy of these results.

According to our numbers 18 of 53 (34%) domains sold for a grand total of $263,050 with the top sale of the geo-domain pulling in $195,000.

See the full unofficial auction results after the jump.

10|10|2009 01:07 pm EDT

Privacy Protection for .CA Domain Names Kills Business for Domainers

by Zak Muscovitch in Categories: Editorial

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Guest contributor Zak Muscovitch is a domain name lawyer, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been practising domain name law for ten years. Go to and

Privacy Protection for domainers who have legitimate portfolios is a little like a burka on a bikini model.

Although keeping one’s domain name registration details private is an attractive concept and may even help wary registrants avoid imparting too much information to prospective domain name dispute claimants, in my humble opinion, the practice is a business killer in the .CA realm. As a domain name lawyer I can rarely find out who owns what to try and put together deals. I can’t trace the history of domains to perform due diligence. I can’t identify connections between web sites and domain owners. It stymies me. And if it stymies me from doing .CA deals, that means that it is hurting business for .CA owners , who dont need any more negative factors affecting the Canadian market than they already have. Sure I can sometimes use other methods, but the utility of whois archives is lessening as time goes on, because it carries no new information for most .ca’s since all recent records are privacy protected.

By way of background, CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority made privacy protection a “default setting” [ed. for individual registrants], and considered this move a leadership position in the Internet world. And I did too. I am a big fan of privacy and thought that CIRA’s privacy protection policy was extraordinarily progressive and consumer-friendly. But I was wrong. It kills business. Imagine a stock exchange where there are no listings….That is what has happened here. And the benefit of privacy is nil for a domainer who is trying to hide, because there a CDRP [ed:.CA Dispute Resolution Policy] reveals your identity anhow….and hiding can actually encourage a CDRP…So it gets you nowhere other than to avoid someone like me finding out what domain name you own so I can easily contact you and know who you are, to make a deal.

In the Canadian .CA realm, domains are extraordinarily underdeveloped so we need all the contact and attention that we can get – not privacy! We dont want a marketplace with hidden vendors. We want a marketplace with vendors showing their wares off in public and making themselves available to bargain with each other.

09|18|2008 10:22 pm EDT

CIRA Honors .CA Pioneer

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

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The University of British Columbia has honored John Demco, a former UBC computing facilities manager, for creating the .ca domain registry that gave Canada an online identity. The Demco Student Learning Centre in the Dept. of Computer Sciences will be named on his behalf.

Demco started the .ca registry in 1987 and managed a group of volunteers to take care of domain applications – registering nearly 100,000 .ca domain names before CIRA, a not-for-profit corporation, took full control of the process. (more…)

07|03|2008 10:18 pm EDT

Just something I noticed about Canadian Startups

by Ahmed Farooq in Categories: ccTLDs, Domain Development

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For the past six or so months, Tech Vibes has been ranking Canadian startup companies by averaging their Alexa and rankings.

Previously they were doing it on a city-by-city basis, but this month opted for the Canada Startup Index.

As a Canadian I see a lot of anecdotal evidence that .ca is gaining in popularity. It is becoming more and more common to see billboards, TV ads, hear radio ads, and other ad mediums mention a domain with .ca at the end.

But what is interesting is that the entire list is dominated by .COM. We have the random ‘.us’ at #9, but all others from #1 to #18 are purely ‘.com’

And for those that may argue that Compete and Alexa skew American-centric … we also have ComScore’s numbers for Canada. Only one out of the top 14 is a .ca.

06|23|2008 11:53 am EDT

MyID domain auction: 7 domains have reached their reserve

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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MyID is currently running their .CA domain auction. Bids have to be place by June 26th, 2008. The list of domains that have reached their reserve after the break. (more…)

06|11|2008 12:36 am EDT to be Re-Auctioned With No Reserve

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Auction

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Locator map for Canada

Image via Wikipedia, a premium Canadian domain name, will be re-auctioned by Pool with no reserve. But you must backorder the domain name if you want to participate in the auction – which starts tomorrow, June 11, at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Pool has been offering one premium .ca domain for auction each month since April, after Sibername canceled their monthly .ca auction. was the first domain they auctioned, but the reserve price wasn’t met. Following a successful sale of for $18,353 (USD), Pool decided to re-run without a reserve price, meaning the domain name is guaranteed to sell regardless of the final bid. also is running premium .ca auctions, the current one scheduled to end Thursday (June 12th).

The auction is scheduled to end on Monday, June 16, 2008, at 12:00 p.m. EDT.