Verisign

Verisign, Inc. is an American company based in Reston, Virginia, United States that operates a diverse array of network infrastructure, including two of the Internet's thirteen root nameservers, the authoritative registry for the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains and the .cc and .tv country-code top-level domains, and the back-end systems for the .jobs, and .edu top-level domains. Verisign also offers a range of security services, including managed DNS, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation and cyber-threat reporting.
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    • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

      Two of the industry’s oldest and biggest gTLD registries escalated their fight over the .web gTLD auction this week, trading blows in print and in public. Verisign, accused by Afilias of breaking the rules when it committed $130 million to secure .web for itself, has now turned the tables on its rival.

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  • Thick Whois coming to .com next year, price rise to follow?

    … Verisign could be running a “thick” Whois database for .com, .net and .jobs by mid-2017, under a new ICANN proposal. A timetable published this week would see the final three hold-out gTLDs fully move over to the standard thick Whois model by February 2019, with the system live by next August. Some people believe that Verisign might use…

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  • Roots hits 1,500 live TLDs as US oversight ends

    … overturned. Hughes’ .dvr was originally intended as a single-registrant “closed generic”, but is now expected to operate as a restricted but multi-registrant space. Tweet Tagged: delegation, iana, new gTLDs, ntia, root, transition, verisign …

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  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    …, or it’s not particularly impatient about the case progressing. Meanwhile, fellow .web applicant Afilias has demanded for the second time that ICANN hand over .web to it, as the second-highest bidder, throwing out the NDC/Verisign application. In a September 9 letter, published last night, Afilias told ICANN to “disqualify and reject” NDC’s…

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  • Verisign data shows new gTLDs drive almost three quarters of Q2 growth

    … million increase on the 326.4 million it reported in its Q1 DNIB report (pdf). Verisign reports the increase as 7.9 million, possibly due to new data that emerged after the Q1 report was published. Whether it was 7.9 million or 8.2 million, most of the growth was due to new gTLDs. In the DNIB, data on new gTLDs is always presented on page three…

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  • US confirms no .com price hikes before 2024

    … The US government has confirmed that it expects to keep Verisign’s .com registry fee capped at the current level until at least 2024. The intention was disclosed in a letter to Senator Ted Cruz, who has been waging war against the US government plan to remove itself from DNS root zone oversight, along with senators Sean Duffy and Mike Lee last…

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  • Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

    … comments opposing the proposed new Registry Agreement. They’re joined by business and intellectual property interests, concerned that Verisign is being allowed to carry on without implementing any of the IP-related obligations of other gTLDs, and a dozens of domainers, spurred into action by a newsletter. Even a child protection advocacy group…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot Co…

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  • Verisign likely $135 million winner of .web gTLD

    … Verisign has emerged as the likely winner of the .web gTLD auction, which closed on Thursday with a staggering $135 million winning bid. The shell company Nu Dot Co LLC was the prevailing applicant in the auction, which ran for 23 rounds over two days. Just hours after the auction closed, Domain Name Wire scooped that Verisign had quietly…

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  • Verisign announces .net price increase

    … Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agreement with ICANN…

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  • Is Verisign .web applicant’s secret sugar daddy?

    … to give applicants time “to investigate whether there has been a change of leadership and/or control” at rival applicant Nu Dot Co LLC. Nu Dot Co is a new gTLD investment vehicle headed up by Juan Diego Calle, who launched and ran .CO Internet until it was sold to Neustar a couple of years ago. I gather that some applicants believe that Nu Dot Co’s…

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  • Verisign loses .art contract to CentralNic

    … CentralNic has been awarded the back-end contract for the forthcoming .art gTLD, usurping Verisign from the role. UK Creative Ideas, which bought .art at a private auction for an undisclosed sum a year ago, appointed the company its “exclusive registry service provider”, CentralNic said. UKCI’s original .art application named Verisign as its…

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  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    … Verisign has revived its old name collisions security scare story, publishing this week a weighty research paper claiming millions are at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s actually a study into how a well-known type of attack, first documented in the 1990s, might become easier due to the expansion of the DNS at the top level. According…

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