Update On Registerfly - During the past week, ICANN has posted in its blog several updates on the RegisterFly situation, and many unhappy customers have posted followup comments. On March 8, a U.S. District Court judge handed control of RegisterFly back to Kevin Medina, the original CEO, resolving a dispute over ownership of the company. ICANN has indicated that this resolution "does not alter RegisterFly obligations to immediately cure the breaches of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, as noticed by ICANN." On Feb. 21, ICANN had sent a letter to RegisterFly giving 15 working days' notice of several breaches of contract. ICANN could give notice of termination of the registrar's accreditation as of Wednesday, March 14.
- DotMobi, the registry operator for the .mobi domain, has announced that more than 400,000 .mobi domain names have been registered in 104 countries since the .mobi launch last fall.
Chinese Registry Promotes .CN Names - The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), registry for China's .cn domain, has decreased the first-year registration fee for .cn domain names to one yuan (approximately $0.16 Canadian) until May 31.
Picks To Click
- ICANN publishes an interesting factsheet describing the root server attack on February 6.
- Nominum president Tom Tovar describes how next-generation Internet applications are causing a substantial growth in the number of Domain Name System (DNS) queries.
- In his blog, John Levine why he left the ICANN At Large Advisory Committee.
- Laboratory tests on internationalized (non-ASCII) top-level domain names show no technical problems. The tests were done under contract to ICANN.
- Musician's Friend, Inc. wins a dispute over musiciansfriend.ca.
- ICANN publishes a note on "How to Get Help When You Have a Problem with Your Registrar".