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Subject: Domain Name Offerings

     DOMAIN NAME OFFERINGS

     SUMMARY (Explained in detail below)
                                             Setup  Month   Year
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     Non IP Domains                            $0     $10   $100
     IP Domains                                $0     $20   $200
     Misspelled Domains                        Same as above
     Identical Domains, different endings      $0      $0     $0
        (.net and .org only)
     Cold Storage Domains                       $0    N/A    $25
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     WHY HAVE A DOMAIN NAME?

     Domain names offer a number of significant advantages to the end
customer.  The primary one is that they are owned by the end customer
and can follow him around from ISP to ISP where ever he moves.

     The internet has a very long memory, it is almost impossible to
get the internet to forget anything, and the costs of advertising on
the internet and on hard paper are relatively high.  You want to make
sure that you get the most out of your investment and that bad
decisions do not come back to haunt you.

     Say one day you make the sad mistake of signing up with a fly by
night ISP named Lightlink Internet Service.
 
     Everyone on their system has an e-mail address and web URL of the
form:

     homer@lightlink.com
     http://www.lightlink.com/homer

     If you use those addresses for any length of time, all your
friends put your e-mail address into their address books, people link
to your home page from theirs, *HUNDREDS* of search engines chew up
your home page and list your stuff under your web address, and you
spend thousands of dollars on your business cards, stationary,
advertising, TV commercials and flyers, all of which say
homer@lightlink.com!
 
     What happens if one day Lightlink goes up in smoke, or you decide
you really just don't like the guy who runs it, and you want to move
to Clarity Connect which like their ads say, is "faster, cheaper and
always better".

     Now all your friends get bouncing mail, your web page is
unfindable, all the links to it don't work, the search engines come up
with squat, and all that printed advertising has gone to total waste.

     YOU GOTTA DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!

     DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT A PAIN IN THE !*$ IT WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU
DID IT?
 
     Worse even though you have moved and are doing well, for the rest
of time people keep sending mail to homer@lightlink.com and getting
bounces back which makes them think you have gone out of business!
 
     Sad, right?

     So say instead you get a domain name like artmatrix.com.

     Now your e-mail address and web URL are:

     homer@artmatrix.com
     http://www.artmatrix.com

     Now Lightstink Internet Disservice can go up in smoke, you can
move to Clarity Connect, and all you gotta do is tell the internic who
the new provider is, and your whole connection to the net won't miss a
beat.
 
     Even more important all that money you spent on your advertising
will remain good FOREVER, because your domain name doesn't care WHO
your provider is!

     And just think, all your friends don't have to change their
address books.

     All that is worth some money right?

     Well that's why we are no longer offering freebie domains, they
are too much work, require too much vigilance and *COMPETENT*
resources to maintain, and they are much to valuable to be given away
for free.
 
     Your domain goes down, your whole business goes down.

     You want that to be for free?
 
     What's it worth to you to have a rock solid domain that *NEVER*
goes down even if your whole ISP is off line for a while?

     At least people won't get bounced mail.

     That said there are valid reasons to have slightly cheaper
domains, and the following expanded services tries to take care of
that need.

     Homer

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     EXPANDED DOMAIN NAME OFFERINGS

     The following pricing is effective on Jan 1st, 1999 for existing
domain name holders, and effective immediately for new accounts.
 
     We are expanding the range of services available for our domain
name customers.

     The internic charges for all domains mentioned below are
$35/year, first two years up front.  These charges are billed by the
internic directly to the end customer.  If the internic is not paid on
time, they will put the domain 'ON HOLD' and it will cease to work on
the internet.  If 60 days pass without payment, they will release the
domain back into the pool of free domains but it may spend as much as
another 3 months in limbo where no one can register it.

     PAY 10 MONTHS IN ADVANCE, TAKE 2 MONTHS FREE

     Most Lightlink charges are offered on a "pay 10 months in
advance, take 2 months free" basis.
 
     Charges are refundable if unsatisfied, and pro-ratable where
noted as 'no contract'.  'No contract' means if you pay a year in
advance, and you leave in 6 months, you get half of it back on a
pro-rated basis.

     The charges listed below are in addition to basic dialup service
which is $20/month or $200/year, or telnet service which is $10/month
or $100/year.  Any domain holder must have at least a telnet account
with us to hold their web pages.

 
     NON-IP DOMAINS
 
     Non-IP domains are given the IP number of the web server.  They
apparently work properly for all e-mail and for most web browsers.
They do not work for older web browsers which will come to the home
page of the server itself rather than the intended home page of the
domain.
 
     This is because older browsers make their request with the IP
number of the domain rather than the domain name itself, and thus the
web server sees its own IP in the request and responds with its own
home page rather than the home page of the domain.  Newer browsers
make the request with both the IP number and the domain name, so the
web server knows to ignore the IP number and offer the home page of
the domain name itself.
 
     REVERSE DNS
 
     DNS means Domain Name Service, and is used to translate domain
names into IP numbers and back again.
 
     Forward lookups translate domain names into IP numbers, for
example,
 
     lightlink.com -> 205.232.34.1
 
     Reverse lookups translate IP numbers into domain names, for
 
     205.232.34.1 -> lightlink.com.
 
     Because Non-IP domains have the same IP as the web server, the
forward and reverse lookups do not produce the same answer.

     For example,

     artmatrix.com -> 205.232.34.1 -> lightlink.com
 
     Non-IP domains do not have proper reverse DNS because the IP of
the web server points to lightlink.com and not the domain name.  This
may cause trouble with some remote users trying to access the home
page of the domain name through some firewalls that may expect the
resolution of domain name -> IP -> domain name to be consistent.
 
     E-mail sent to domain names like homer@artmatrix.com, in general
does not care if forward and reverse lookup are inconsistent, only
that there be SOME reverse lookup of some kind.
 
 
     IP DOMAINS

     IP domains are given their own unique IP number that is not
shared by anyone else in the world.  They work for all e-mail and web
applications.
 
 
     MULTIPLE SPELLINGS OF THE SAME DOMAIN

     Sometimes users want multiple mis spellings of the same basic
domain name, for example, lightlink.com, litelink.com etc.  These will
not be granted special status and will be charged the full price as
separate domains, including setup and monthly or yearly charges.

 
     IDENTICAL DOMAINS WITH DIFFERENT ENDINGS (.org and .net only)

     Many people wish to protect their trademark and are bothered by
the possibility that someone might grab their domain name with a
different ending.  For example we have registered lightlink.com,
lightlink.org and lightlink.net for just this reason, and we will
probably go after all the other endings once they become available.

     The lightlink charge will be $0 setup for each extra domain and
no further monthly or yearly charges on that domain, with the
understanding that the first domain in the series will be charged the
normal rates.

     All of the identical domains will work the same as the first in
the series, and must point to the same IP number and directory.  If
the user wishes them to point to a separate IP number or directory,
then they will be charged as separate domains.

 
     COLD STORAGE DOMAINS (NON WORKING DOMAINS)

     Many people wish to reserve domain names for future use, or to
just make sure that no one else can use them.  Cold storage domains
have proper DNS records but otherwise do not work.  Mail sent to them
will bounce, and web requests will not be answered.

     Lightlink charges will be $0 setup and $25/year.  The yearly
payment MUST be made a year in advance, and the yearly charge is NON
refundable, which means if you move the domain over to a functioning
domain in the middle of the year, or move it to another ISP, you don't
get a partial payment back.

     When a cold storage domain is upgraded to a working domain on our
system, then the setup and $10/month or $20/month will be charged for
that domain at that time.
 
     Homer