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on May 29th, 2013

IEDR reveals winners of €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund

– 20 Irish SMEs receive e-Commerce boost from IEDR – The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced the 20 winners of its OPTIMISE 2013 Fund. The winning companies include family run businesses, emerging and established companies from the food, travel and tourism, media and publishing, retail and technology sectors (full details below). IEDR’s OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultancy and support to help 20 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales and marketing channel. IEDR…

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on March 27th, 2013

IEDR’s 2013 OPTIMISE e-Commerce Fund Open for Entries

– €150,000 fund to support 20 Irish companies online – The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its 2013 OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund is open for entries. IEDR is calling on SME and micro-business owners nationwide to apply for one of 20 places on this year’s OPTIMISE Fund. The OPTIMISE Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultation, training and development support services to small business owners looking to improve and develop their existing online presence in terms of e-commerce capability and functionality. IEDR has doubled the number of winners…

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on September 26th, 2012

15 Companies Receive Funding from IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced fifteen recipients of the company’s OPTIMISE 2012 Fund. The OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund was launched last year to raise awareness of low levels of e-commerce activity by Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises and to provide practical assistance to a targeted number of companies to upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales channel. Following the launch of the 2012 OPTIMISE Fund, the IEDR, on reviewing the applications, decided to provide additional funding to a further five participants bringing…

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on July 23rd, 2012

ICANN Renews Contract to Lead Coordination of the Internet

The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has renewed the contract for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to perform the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). The Internet is a worldwide network free from central coordination however there are key elements of it which need to be managed and coordinated globally to keep it running smoothly. This work includes coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. These services were…

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on April 24th, 2012

Minister Bruton launches IEDR €100,000 OPTIMISE Fund for second year

– 10 SMEs to get €10,000 of e-commerce consultancy services to upgrade their websites – The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced it will extend its €100,000 e-commerce website development fund, called OPTIMISE, for the second year running. Launched by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D., the OPTIMISE Fund was established in 2011 to mark the tenth anniversary of IEDR and raise awareness of the extent to which small businesses in Ireland remain slow to harness the revenue potential of the Internet. Open to owners of Irish…

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on April 17th, 2012

.ie domain Q1 2012 registrations up 12.2% on previous quarter

– IEDR toasts TeaEmporium.ie as Ireland’s 175,000th .ie domain – 17th April 2012: The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official internet address .ie, today reported that new .ie domain registrations for the first three months of the year totalled 9,398. Registrations grew steadily each month at 3,053, 3,184 and 3,161 for January, February and March respectively. The figure for Q1 represents a 12.2% increase on new registrations recorded in the previous quarter (Q4 2011), which totalled 8,694. The figures indicate steady demand from Irish micro-businesses and sole traders for a .ie domain name. The total number of .ie domains…