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.
Posts about Verisign
    • Verisign report deletes millions of domains from history

      Verisign has dramatically slashed its estimates for the number of domains in existence in its quarterly latest Domain Name Industry Brief reports, two of which were published this week. The headline number for the end of the fourth quarter is 329.3 million, a 0.7% increase sequentially and a 6.8% increase annually.

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    • How .com became a restricted TLD

      Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for a new “Verification Code Extension” system that e ...

      Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein How To's- 12 readers -
  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    …, requesting certain information related to Verisign’s potential operations of the .web TLD. The CID is not directed at Verisign’s existing registry agreements. He did not comment further, beyond describing it as “kind of like a subpoena”. Verisign acquired the rights to run .web at an ICANN last-resort auction last July, agreeing to pay $135 million…

    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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • ICA worried ICANN will force URS on .net

    …] illicit strategy of incremental de facto policymaking will come later this year, when the .Net RA comes up for renewal. We have no idea whether Verisign will be seeking any substantial revisions to that RA that would provide GDD staff with substantial leverage to impose URS, nor do we know whether Verisign would be amenable to that tradeoff. The .net RA…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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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. 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…

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

    … to exactly 1,500, which is where it still stands today. Both went live September 30, which was the final day of ICANN’s IANA contract with the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which expired that night. An ICANN spokesperson confirmed that the two new gTLDs “were the last ones requiring NTIA’s approval.” From now…

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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- 17 readers -
  • 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

    … if it can show .com no longer holds “market power”. With most new gTLDs still struggling, that would be a tough sell for the foreseeable future. Verisign would need both ICANN and NTIA blessings to raise prices. Tweet Tagged: .com, iana, ICANN, justice, ntia, prices, ted cruz, transition, verisign …

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  • Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

    … Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including XYZ.com (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among those to have filed…

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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

    … must approve RA reassignments. We speculated on July 14 that Verisign would turn out to be NDC’s secret sugar daddy, which seems to have been correct. Rival .web applicant Donuts had sued ICANN for an emergency temporary restraining order, claiming it had not done enough to uncover the identity of NDC’s true backers, but was rebuffed on multiple…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 15 readers -
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