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New shots fired in domain wars

As more competitors join the domain name registration race, the nonprofit corporation charged with overseeing the privatization of the registration process takes steps to wrest dominance from Network Solutions.

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As more competitors join the domain name registration race, the nonprofit corporation charged with overseeing the privatization of the registration process takes steps to wrest dominance from Network Solutions.

"If [the Commerce Department] were to tell me to take the [A-root server] and ship it to Moscow, then that's where it would go."

- Don Telage, senior vice president, Network Solutions

 


ICANN to control domain name server
The Internet's "home base" soon will be transplanted to California from Virginia, pushing forward the federal government's plan to erode Network Solutions' dominance.

Second "test bed" domain registrar goes to work
The second of five registrars appointed to test a shared registration system for the most popular form of Internet addresses takes its service live.

Playing domain name hide-and-seek
The entry of a new player in the registration of the most popular forms of Internet addresses is creating confusion about how to tell whether a given domain name is still available.

previous coverage
EU probes NSI for antitrust violations
In a move likely to intensify controversy over privatizing the registration of domain names, the European Union investigates whether a Network Solutions contract for new registrars violates continental antitrust laws.

NSI won't sign on with ICANN
news analysis Network Solutions--the world's primary domain name registrar--and the not-for-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers are headed toward a painfully rigid stalemate.

Domain registry trial period extended
The trial period for bringing new entrants into the lucrative ".com" registration business is extended until the middle of July to give the five initial registrars more time to test the system.

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