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Guide to Getting A Web Address


14 April 2003 at 1:04 pm
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Many small organisations wanting to develop an online Internet presence find the process quite challenging. Now a new guide will make it easier to establish a web address on the Internet.

Staff Reporter | 14 April 2003 at 1:04 pm


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Guide to Getting A Web Address
14 April 2003 at 1:04 pm

Many small organisations wanting to develop an online Internet presence find the process quite challenging. Now a new guide will make it easier to establish a web address on the Internet.

Its called Staking your claim on the web – a business guide to registering a web address and its aim is to free up businesses and Not for Profits to get on with the job by making domain name registration easier.

A domain name is the online address of a business or organisation – used to establish a website and enable the dispatch and receipt of email. As well as providing information about the domain name registration process, the guide identifies other key issues such as intellectual property and the relationship between trade marks, domain names and other names.

Some key features of the guide include:
 A checklist on how to register and use a domain name;
 What you can and cannot have as a domain name;
 Rights of business in using a domain name;
 The importance of domain name registration, and
 Consumer protection measures.

The guide has been developed by the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE) in cooperation with the Office of Small Business, IP Australia and .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA).

The number of subscribers with permanent Internet connections increased by 47% to around 350,000 subscribers (8% of all Internet subscribers) between the end March 2002 and the end of September 2002 according to latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

In particular, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections increased by 112% over that period reflecting the accelerating uptake of broadband (defined, for this publication, as Internet connections with an access speed equal to or greater than 256kbs).

The increasing uptake of broadband services is most evident in the large increase shown in the volume of data downloaded – up 28% between March quarter 2002 and September quarter 2002. This builds on the 42% growth in data downloaded by subscribers between September quarter 2001 and March quarter 2002. The faster access speeds provided by DSL and other high speed connections allow subscribers to download more data more rapidly.

Over the same period, the number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia decreased by 8 (1.4%) to 563 at the end of September quarter 2002. This represents a slowing in the rate of decline in ISP numbers recorded since September 2000.

The number of Internet subscribers grew by around 326,000 (8%) to almost 4.6 million. The majority of these were in the household market with over 3.9 million households connected at the end of September 2002. Capital cities continue to account for the majority of Internet access lines (81%) and subscribers (78%).

In addition to this guide, NOIE has provided a series of Fact Sheets on Internet registration and responsibilities. If you would like an electronic copy of the NOIE Guide and the Facts Sheets just send us an email to probono@probonoaustralia.com.au.



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