EU citizens rush to sign up for .eu domains

7th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 April 2006, BRUSSELS - Several hundred thousand Europeans applied for the bloc's new ".eu" internet domain in the first two hours after registration was opened, making the European Union's joint online space likely to rival the world's most important domain name ".com", the European Commission said Friday.

7 April 2006

BRUSSELS - Several hundred thousand Europeans applied for the bloc's new ".eu" internet domain in the first two hours after registration was opened, making the European Union's joint online space likely to rival the world's most important domain name ".com", the European Commission said Friday.

"At this speed, '.eu' will become a real competitor to '.com'," EU Media Commissioner Viviane Reding told reporters.

In the first two hours of registration was opened to anyone holding a postal address in the EU, around 550,000 applications were filed, a spokesman for registration agency EURid told DPA.

Most applications received so far were sent from Britain, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Sweden, he added.

Europe's new internet domain ".eu" had been reserved for firms and public bodies only in the last four months.

Opening its web presence to the public, the EU hopes for a flood of applications from its citizens to make the bloc's joint online space rival the world's most important domain, ".com".

A recently published EU report, however, shows big differences in the level of internet use among the bloc's 25 member states, with Eastern and Southeastern Europe lagging behind and the Netherlands and Nordic countries leading the way.

In the Netherlands, 78 percent of households have internet access, compared with 16 per cent in Lithuania, according to the report by the EU statistics agency, based on data gathered in early 2005.

The survey showed an overall increase in internet connections since 2004. Home internet access in the EU rose to 48 percent from 43 percent, and the number of homes connected to broadband rose from 15 to 23 percent.

See http://www.eurid.eu for more information.

DPA

Subject: German news

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