CPAs Qualify For Elite Dot-Pro Email Addresses

RegistryPro has announced that it is gearing up to operate the first professionally-restricted top level domain on the Internet by the end of 2002. The resulting group of Web sites will end in dot-pro (.pro) instead of dot-com (.com) or dot-org (.org). This new extension gives CPAs and other professionals a way to differentiate themselves, and it allows prospective clients to identify names of credentialed professionals simply by checking for a .pro extension in an email or web address.

The Washington Post reports that dot-pro Web sites will be costlier than other sites, and workers in other professions are indignant at being excluded. Some have likened it to professional snobbery.

RegistryPro explains how it works:

  • Applicants for the dot-pro will be required to certify their professional credentials, and each will be issued a digital certificate. A digital certificate is a means of verifying an identity in an electronic exchange that can enable other security measures, such as encryption and digital signature services.

  • The product is expected to facilitate professional services, such as filing tax returns and complying with confidentiality obligations when communicating electronically.

The American Institute of CPAs is working with RegistryPro to establish professional eligibility requirements and reach out to eligible registrants. RegistryPro says it is also working with other professionals, such as engineers, architects and surveyors. Sloan D. Gaon, CEO of RegistryPro, explains, "Based on the growing recognition that professionals must conduct patient or client online communications securely, there has been tremendous interest in the .pro extension from the medical, legal and accounting communities."

What do you think about the Dot-Pro address? Add your comments below and tell us, would you use the Dot-Pro address?

For additional information about how to register a .pro domain name, visit the RegistryPro Web site.

-Rosemary Schlank

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