That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an useful answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably could help you..
If you had to sum up your point in one sentence, what would it be?..
Sierra, the point is that gated communities amongst sTLD do not work. Look at .travel, .museum, .coop, .aero, etc. Ever go to any websites using these?.
.PRO must and hopefully soon WILL be opened up. As dotprofan said earlier it lends credence to the site with an appropriate domain. I recently parted company with one of the best ones I've ever seen, and the name illustrates this perfectly: graphics.pro - the name says it all...
Yeah granted - those other extensions are hardly pure - but look at com.au or the cleaned up .edu extension - they are examples where some tightening can yield results for all..
I'm not an advocate for controlling the market per se - but if you are going to create something to make it stand out for consumers so they know what they are getting - then you do have to do something about controlling that. I will look at .pro extension as the same as a .com - stands for really nothing (and everything)..
My main point is really contained above in response #28... and I'm not saying this is a rubbish HostGator or that ppl should be restricted from buying into it. I am saying that it won't be a 'professional' HostGator used for professional applications is all. Having one registrar do one thing (like encirca) and other registrars tightly controlling it (albeit unevenly) - seems to devalue the intent of this extension...