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Domain Name Registrations Increased by 30% in 2006

According to the Domain Name Industry Brief, released today by VeriSign for the fourth quarter of 2006, total domain name registrations reached 120 million, representing a 32 percent increase over the previous year, and an eight percent increase over the third quarter of 2006.

The domain name industry continued to experience strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, with more than 11.6 million new registered domain names. This figure represents a three percent increase year over year and a 23 percent increase from the third quarter. more

Price of .com Domain Names Likely to Go Up

Approval of the new .com contract between VeriSign and ICANN means VeriSign gets to run .com until at least 2012, and very probably indefinitely. In four of the next six years, the company will be able to unilaterally raise the wholesale price of a .com by 7%.

...VeriSign spokesperson Tom Galvin said that the company currently has no plans to raise prices, but added "pricing flexibility is important so registry operators have the means to invest in their infrastructure". more

Domain Name Price Hikes Under Fire in a Congressional Hearing

A dispute over the cost of Internet domain names has spilled over onto Capitol Hill, where allegations of monopolization and unreasonable price hikes surfaced in a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

The dispute arises out of a lawsuit settlement reached on March 1 in which the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gave VeriSign the right to raise fees on .com domains by 7 percent annually. The settlement, approved by ICANN's board by a 9-5 vote, ended a legal spat that started with VeriSign's controversial move to take control of all unassigned .com and .net domain names in 2003. Those guaranteed price hikes struck some members of the House of Representatives' Small Business Committee as unreasonable. more

U.S. Senators Criticizing Current .com Arrangement

Senator Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, questioned why VeriSign should have what critics have called a guaranteed perpetual income stream from .com domain registrations. The company currently receives $6 per domain, or about $323.4 million a year, from .com fees alone.  more

VeriSign, Critics Gear Up for ICANN Hearing

A VeriSign Inc. official defended its contract to operate the .com domain Monday, after Network Solutions accused the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of not requiring adequate security safeguards in its registry agreements. Network Solutions, a domain-name registrar, released a report last week saying ICANN has "failed" to address security in its latest proposals for the .com, .biz, .info and .org top-level domains. more

ICANN Gets Rid Of ".um" Top-Level Domain

The list of Internet domain names just got shorter. ICANN decided recently to yank ".um" -- for U.S. "minor outlying islands."

No one was using it anyhow, and the organization that has run ".um" -- the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute - no longer wanted to bother. more

ICANN Awards NeuStar Management of .biz Registry Until 2012

NeuStar has renegotiated an agreement with the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers to keep control over the .biz global top-level domain.

The agreement, NeuStar said on Wednesday, calls for it to maintain operational and administrative control of .biz through 2012. more

Analysis Report Recommends Key Security Changes to ICANN's Pending Registry Proposals

A report released today ("DNS - A System in Crisis," commissioned by Network Solutions) has concluded that in proposals for the .com, .biz, .info and .org registries, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has failed to ensure adequate security safeguards. The report, written by security technology expert Jerry Archer, recommends that oversight, planning and testing provisions be implemented in the proposals to run these registries before they are finalized. more

The .nyc High-Bid Auctions

There were highs and lows in city hall's rollout of the .nyc TLD last month. Early on we were cheered when we received notification that our application for the JacksonHeights.nyc domain name had been approved. And with the de Blasio Administration committed to putting the city's 350+ neighborhood domain names under the control of local residents, we began to imagine that our decade-old vision of an "intuitive" city Internet might materialize... more

ICANN Names DNS Security Experts

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers yesterday named the 25 domain name system security experts that will be responsible for deciding whether proposed domain registry services could cause internet security and stability problems. The 25 people, who hail from all over the world, would be selected in five-person panels to decide on a case-by-case basis whether services proposed by the likes of .com registry VeriSign Inc or .biz registry NeuStar Inc constitute a problem to the internet. more

Approval of ICANN-VeriSign Contract Facing Mixed Reactions

News of the U.S. Department of Commerce's approval Nov. 30 of the deal between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and VeriSign was met with both jubilation and disdain by those in the computer industry.

"[The DOC is] respecting ICANN's authority and the contract it has made," said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the Netchoice Coalition. Netchoice is a collection of trade associations and e-commerce businesses, and has come out in support of the agreement. more