This record figure was achieved by the website www.proyectosfundacioncnse.es, which belongs to the Spanish National Confederation of the Deaf
MADRID 14.07.08. The Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Miguel Sebastián, presided over the event to mark the million ".es" domains landmark, with the millionth domain going to www.proyectosfundacioncnse.es, which belongs to the Spanish National Confederation of the Deaf, whose Chairman, Luis Jesús Cañón, received the ‘One million “.es” prize from the Minister.’
During his speech, Sebastián underlined the fact that “reaching one million domains is not simply a figure, or a record or even a goal. It is a symbol: it means that we are on the right road”.
The minister stressed that one of the most important contributing factors to this achievement has been the Jóvenes en Red (Young People on the Net) programme, which offers young people up to the age of 30 the chance to register their ".es" domain and provides tools for creating web pages free of charge for one year. Currently, there are 35,000 domains registered under this scheme.
He also reminded those present that at the beginning of 2004 there were 85,000 domains and that at the end of 2006 there were half the current amount. That means that the number of domains has doubled in a year and a half and has multiplied twelvefold in four and a half years.
After emphasising that the million ".es" domain landmark demonstrates the success of the Avanza Plan, the minister of Industry explained that this achievement should be attributed to three initiatives. These domains started to take off in 2005, when the socialist government at the time approved the National Domain Names Plan. Also, in December 2007, it became possible to include accents, ñ and ç in domain names. The final factor that has contributed to this success is the role of the ".es" domains Register, managed by Red.es, which offers the service applying the market¿s habitual reliability and quality standards.
Sebastián then stated that “it is not enough to simply provide a stimulus for the emergence of domains. The government must always ensure quality in the provision of the services required to access the Information Society”.