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e-Business: Net grouping now controls '.org' domain.

A group of computer professionals has finally won control of the '.org' Internet domain - home to millions of non-profit organisations and community groups.

The Internet Society, a group of 11,000 engineers and other networking experts known familiarly as ISOC, won final approval from a domain-name regulator that had sought bids to manage the Internet's fifth-largest domain.

'The board voted to go with ISOC,' said Mary Hewitt, spokeswoman for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which chose the Internet Society after a heated, months-long competition that drew bids from 11 different groups.

Longtime domain manager VeriSign agreed to give up .org last year as part of a deal that allowed it to hold on to .com, which at 21.2 million names remains the most popular domain on the Internet.

ICANN said the Internet Society was a front-runner back in August and the non-profit group has already made preparations to take over the domain in January.
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Date:Oct 29, 2002
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