Archive for July, 2011


Price Increase Ahead For .biz

Posted July 31st, 2011

As reported by “Neustar has informed its registrars and ICANN that it will increase its annual prices for .biz domain names effective February 1, 2012. The new price will be $7.85, or 55 cents more than the current $7.30 per year. That’s about 7.5%.

This wholesale price does not include ICANN’s 18 cent “tax” per domain year registered.”

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“Centralnic’s In Dispute – Now Wildcarded”

Posted July 31st, 2011

As reported on “Centralnic’s is no longer pointing to their nameservers and any domains in the zone are now being wildcarded to the main website which carries the following notice:

You may be here because you have been sold a domain or email service using the domain that has ceased to work.

You can restore that service swiftly by registering with GB.COM Ltd.

GB.COM Ltd will not provide a service that you have paid others for, unless they have an arrangement with GB.COM Ltd.

If you have already paid for future service and it has ceased then you should contact your supplier.

If you have any queries please send us an email and we will endeavour to answer your questions.

GB.COM Ltd.”

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“DNSSEC Baby Steps Reported at ICANN 41″

Posted July 29th, 2011

As published to the Afilias blog: “The Internet is slowly beginning to adopt the new DNSSEC domain names standard, but significant challenges remain. That was the main takeaway from a four-hour workshop on the technology held during the recent ICANN 41 public meeting in Singapore, which heard from many domain registries, registrars and other infrastructure providers.

July 15, 2011, was the one-year anniversary of ICANN signing the DNS root system with DNSSEC. While enormous strides have been made since then, such as the signing of key top-level zones, the standard is now entering what may prove to be its trickiest phase of deployment — encouraging usage by domain registrants and the support of the registrars that, in most cases, will act as their gatekeepers.”

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“KeySystems and NameDrive Merge into KeyDrive SA”

Posted July 28th, 2011

As reported by “As DVMag reports (German) that the Luxemburgian Investment Fund BIP Investment Partners announced today that it is combining the Registrar Key Systems (St. Ingbert, Saarland) with the domain parking company Namedrive (Luxemburg) in a new holding company named Keydrive S.A. based in Luxembourg. The new ownership was already added to NameDrive’s ICANNWiki entry earlier this month.”

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.jobs Still In Danger of Termination

Posted July 28th, 2011

As reported by Kevin Murphy of “ICANN has asked the International Chamber of Commerce to rule that it has the right to terminate Employ Media’s .jobs contract.

It’s filed its response to Employ Media’s demand for arbitration over the disputed service, which saw the registry vastly expand the .jobs space.

Employ Media “transcended the very intent behind creation of the TLD” with, which allocated tens of thousands of .jobs domains to the DirectEmployers Association, ICANN said.

The organization wants the ICC to rule that it “may, but is not required to, terminate the Registry Agreement with Employ Media”, as it has already threatened.

Employ Media took ICANN to arbitration in May, after ICANN notified it that it was in breach of its registry agreement and they were not able to settle their differences in private talks.”

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MetaCert Announce Partnership with ICM Registry To Provide Content Labeling for .XXX

Posted July 27th, 2011

An interesting window into the process of .xxx:

As reported on “The proverbial “cat” is finally out of the “bag”. MetaCert have announced their partnership with ICM Registry for content labelling.

Basically what it means is that every .xxx domain name will be classified by MetaCert who specialise in “labelling” content ie. giving consumers information about the type of content that a site provides.”

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“iBreakfast & Smart TLD To Put On New gTLD Conference In New York On August 3rd”

Posted July 26th, 2011

As reported on “iBreakfast, the leading forum for Digital Media Companies and Smart TLDs are co-hosting the first conference on the opening up of the new Domains since ratification at ICANN Singapore on June 20, 2011. The one day conference in New York will be held on August 3rd on the new gTLD program.”

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“ICANN Warns US Not To Undermine Multistakeholder Model”

Posted July 26th, 2011

As reported by Monika Ermert for “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a new statement about a future contract with the United States for root zone management and other internet infrastructure functions, warning against undermining the multistakeholder model for governing core internet infrastructures.

ICANN statement here [pdf].

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently added provisions to a new draft contract with the separate Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), obliging the contractor to demonstrate “explicit consensus support” for a new top-level domain (TLD) before it could be added to the root by IANA.”

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“Nominet Pilots Domain Security Pump-Up”

Posted July 25th, 2011

As reported by “Dot-UK registry Nominet has started piloting a free service designed to help UK businesses boost the security of their websites’ domains.

The DNSSEC Signing Service “will allow registrars to quickly and easily implement DNSSEC by relying on Nominet to manage the cryptographic signing process, management of keys and publishing records to nameservers and zone files,” Nominet said.”

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“Secretary Strickling Talks Internet Policy and Governance”

Posted July 24th, 2011

As posted to “As Assistant Commerce Secretary for the United States government, and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Larry Strickling is one of the world’s most influential figures in Internet policy and governance.

He rarely gives interviews. So we were delighted when he agreed to sit down with .Nxt and talk about the complex and rapidly changing environment for making decision on the Internet’s future.

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