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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Ricks Says it Got Most BYU-Idaho Domains, But Not in .com

REXBURG, IDAHO -- While Ricks' officials tried to move fast last June in registering domain names for its new name, BYU-Idaho, when the announcement was made, others moved faster, registering most of the .com domain names before Ricks could get to them. In an article in yesterday's Spokane Spokesman-Review, Ricks' Robert Reed, who manages Internet services for the school, said he had targeted 36 different names as the most critical to protect the school from objectionable material that might be misrepresented as belonging to the school.

Analysis by Mormon News indicates that while Reed did move quickly, others hoping to cash-in on the name change moved faster. Ricks officials registered seven variations on BYU-Idaho that Mormon News identified, but only in two of the cases did Ricks get the more desirable .com name. In total, Ricks missed at least ten of the names using these variations in .com, .net and .org.

Still, Reed seems to feel that collecting the names was important. "As far as we're concerned for Ricks College, BYU-Idaho or whatever you want to call us now, we represent the church," Reed said. "We want to make sure that there is nothing objectionable out there that might represent us using our name." Reed probably wants to avoid the situation Ricks encountered with, which is a pornographic site advertising a night club.

Meanwhile, the Spokesman-Review article indicates that after the transition, BYU-Idaho's official domain name will be, similar to BYU-Hawaii's domain name, But the new name doesn't work just yet. Current rules require that the registrant be an accredited four-year degree-granting college to get a domain in .edu. meaning that BYU-Idaho will have to wait until it is accredited as a four-year school. Ricks currently has a .edu domain name because it obtained the domain before the four-year requirement was started.


Ricks claims most domain names
Spokane WA Spokesman-Review 12Sep00 D3


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