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March 08, 2005 15:22 ET

Barackobama.com Rescued from the Deep End by Pool.com; Deleted Campaign Web Site Address Returned to Senator for Renewal


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MARCH 8, 2005 - 15:22 ET

Barackobama.com Rescued from the Deep End by Pool.com;
Deleted Campaign Web Site Address Returned to Senator
for Renewal

WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Mar 8, 2005) -

Pool.com chief executive officer Tony Farrow today made a special
delivery to U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois): he returned the
Senator's campaign Web site address, www.barackobama.com. Pool.com,
based in Ottawa, Canada and a leader in web backordering and secondary
market sales, rescued the site address when it expired and was available
on the open market.

"Websites are important vehicles to provide information to constituents
and to boost participation in the political process," Obama said. "In
the wrong hands, a web address can be used to mislead and misrepresent a
public official's record. That is why I am extremely grateful that
Pool.com allowed me the opportunity to renew my domain and ensure that
the information on the page reflects my values and beliefs."

Typically, domain name owners purchase their Web site addresses from
specialized domain name registries at a certain fee and length of time.
If the domain name is not renewed at the end of the specified time, it
falls into the secondary domain name marketplace - a literal pool of
domains that can be obtained by registries and then sold to new users in
an auction or a fixed-price format. Pool.com caught www.Barackobama.com
in their daily aggregation of deleted and expired domain names and
alerted the Senator.

"When we saw Senator Obama's name fall into the pool, we knew there must
have been a renewal oversight and quickly contacted the Senator's office
for verification," Farrow said. "We understand the importance of
personal Web addresses and are happy to provide Senator Obama with the
opportunity to renew his campaign domain."

About Pool.com

Pool.com is a leading company in the domain name backordering and
secondary market sales. It offers a complete set of acquisition, direct
and auction sales, domain security and DNS management as well as the
technology to create it. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
Pool.com is a member of the Momentous.ca family of online enterprises,
providing customers with high-quality, high-value online services.

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