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 to keep price increase power under new .net contract

    … to incorporate the URS into their new contracts, leading to outrage from domainer organization the Internet Commerce Association. ICA is worried that URS will one day wind up in .com without a proper ICANN community consensus, opening its members up to more risk of losing valuable domains. The fact that URS is not being slipped into the .net contract makes…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • Now new gTLDs are being scapegoated for child abuse material (rant)

    … of child abuse material in the UK and elsewhere. That report found that new gTLD domains are being increasingly used to distribute such material, but that Verisign-run TLDs such as .com are still by far the most abused for this purpose. The number of takedowns against new gTLD domains in 2016 was 272 (226 of which were “dedicated to distributing…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 21 readers -
  • How .com became a restricted TLD

    … “Verification Code Extension” system that enables the company to stop domains registered via selected registrars from resolving unless the registrant’s identity has been verified and the name is not on China’s banned list. It appears to be the system Verisign deployed in order to receive its Chinese government license to operate in China. Under Verification…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein How To's- 18 readers -
  • Verisign report deletes millions of domains from history

    … number than Verisign reported in its second-quarter report just five months ago, which was 334.6 million. The big swinger, as you may have guessed if you track this kind of thing, was .tk, the Freenom ccTLD where names are given away for free and then reclaimed and parked by the registry when they are deleted for abuse expire. It seems a change…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    … US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • Thick Whois policy for .com is now live

    … The domain name industry is kicking off one of its must fundamental shifts in its plumbing this week. Over the next two years, Verisign and every registrar that sells .com domains will have to rejigger their systems to convert .com from a “thin” to “thick” Whois. This means that by February 1, 2019, Verisign will for the first time control…

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  • ICA worried ICANN will force URS on .net

    … The Internet Commerce Association has called for a “moratorium” on the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy being added to legacy gTLD contracts, months before Verisign’s .net contract is up for renewal. In a blog post, ICA counsel Phil Corwin accused ICANN staff of making policy by the back door by compelling pre-2012 registries to adopt URS…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 18 readers -
  • Trump trends in .com, while stoners hit .net

    …. The votes to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use in several US states also seems to have inspired speculation in “pot”, “weed” and “cannabis” names, though more noticeably in .net. In fact, the only string in the .com list not related to the US polls appears to be “near” (at least, I cannot find a connection). The Verisign report…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … not find persuasive” an earlier and contrary ruling in the case of DotConnectAfrica v ICANN, a case that is still ongoing. Donuts sued ICANN at first to prevent the .web auction going ahead. The registry, and other .web applicants, were concerned that ultimately successful bidder Nu Dot Co was being covertly bankrolled by Verisign, which turned…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • 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. It accuses Afilias of itself breaking…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 22 readers -
  • 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?

    … is suing for $22.5 million, claiming ICANN should have forced Nu Dot Co to disclose that its .web bid was being secretly bankrolled by Verisign and alleging that the .com heavyweight used NDC as cover to avoid regulatory scrutiny. ICANN’s latest filing (pdf), made jointly with Donuts, asked for an extension to October 26 of ICANN’s deadline…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 22 readers -
  • Verisign data shows new gTLDs drive almost three quarters of Q2 growth

    … New gTLDs were responsible for the large majority of domain name industry volume growth in the second quarter, but you’d never know it reading Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The domain universe increased to 334.6 million names at the end of June, according to the latest DNIB, which was published (pdf) last week. That’s a 8.2…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 22 readers -
  • US confirms no .com price hikes before 2024

    … week. The letter notes that .com prices are currently capped at $7.85, under a Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce, as well as its .com Registry Agreement with ICANN. The letter (pdf) from the Department of Justice states: if NTIA were to approve…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
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