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Domain name strategy outlined

The Internet Society outlines its plan to end Network Solutions' monopoly on domain name registration to the Commerce Department.

In a step designed to foster business use of the Net, the Internet Society has outlined its plan to end Network Solutions' monopoly on the registration of domain names to the Commerce Department.

The Internet Society is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization made up of 7,000 members from 150 countries, involved in "standards, education, and key issues that impact the growth of the Internet," according to Internet Society spokesman Martin Burack.

Network Solutions, which administrates the InterNIC for the government, has a monopoly on registering the ".com", ".net", and ".org" domains. NSI came under heavy fire in July for a series of errors that caused delays in email and Internet service.

ISOC believes that multiple organizations working as a group can be the solution to such errors and the key to efficient domain name registration. The organization also stated that "true competition in domain name registration is needed to stimulate the growth of global electronic commerce."

No one from Network Solutions was available for comment today.

Neither the U.S. government, nor an international government entity should participate in the registration process, other than to "encourage industry self-regulation and create a climate and legal framework under which you can have electronic commerce," Burack said.

ISOC made the statement in response to the Commerce Department's request for comments on the registration and administration of domain names.

Burack conceded that the InterNIC errors affected the ISOC stance on domain registry competition. "Some of the criticisms have been very carefully thought out, and the task force listened to them," Burack noted.

"We need to get out of the way and let them compete like crazy."