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    Verisign/NSI Verisign: 8% of Our Domain Names Expired
    posted by michael on Friday March 29 2002, @05:06AM

    Anonymous writes "Verisign's March 19 10K filing is, like all SEC paperwork, mostly boring to non MBA types. A couple of interesting quotes, though:"

    "During 2001, we added approximately 4.1 million new domain names and renewed or extended an additional 4.9 million domain names bringing the total active domain names under management by the Registrar to approximately 13.6 million at December 31, 2001, which does not include approximately 1.7 million domain names past their anniversary dates that have been deactivated from the zone files but not yet deleted from the Web presence services WHOIS database."

    Customer Database
    "We have compiled a database of information relating to customers in our registration business. While some of this data is available to the public in the form of a directory service, we believe that we have certain ownership rights in this database, and we intend to protect these rights."

    "As of December 31, 2001, we had approximately 3,270 full-time employees...Our direct sales and marketing organization...consisted of approximately 900 individuals..."
    [It took 900 salesmen to come up with .sr = Seniors?]

    "As of February 11, 2002, through our Network Solutions subsidiary, we were a defendant in nine active lawsuits involving domain name disputes between trademark owners and domain name holders....the frequency of this type of suit has continued to decline....Although 87 of these kinds of situations have resulted in suits actually naming Network Solutions as a defendant, as of February 11, 2002, no adverse judgment has been rendered and no award of damages has ever been made..."

    Marketplace and Regulatory Risks to Verisign

    • "the U.S. Government could refuse to transfer certain responsibilities for domain name system administration to ICANN due to security, stability or other reasons, resulting in fragmentation or other instability in domain name system administration;" ...
    • "ICANN could fail to maintain its role, potentially resulting in instability in domain name system administration;" and
    • "some foreign governments and governmental authorities have in the past disagreed with, and may in the future disagree with, the actions, policies or programs of ICANN, the U.S. Government and us relating to the domain name system. These foreign governments or governmental authorities may take actions or adopt policies or programs that are harmful to our business."

    [ICANN could fail to "maintain its role"?]

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  • March 19 10K filing
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    Re: Hear hear
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday March 29 2002, @09:08AM (#5638)
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    Yes, they seem to be doing well at servicing other registrars' customers. Others have also reported that their servicing (in the second sense) department is second to none. -g
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    Re: Verisign: 8% of Our Domain Names Expired
    by yggdrazil on Saturday March 30 2002, @03:42AM (#5646)
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    .sr is not "seniors". It the ccTLD of the country of Surinam.
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    Verisign goes in for selected deletion
    by NickM (Domain@WatchMyDomain.com) on Saturday March 30 2002, @04:48AM (#5648)
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    We have been working on this for quite some time and have done a survey for over 4,000 domains and have come up with the following results.

    Versign is PARTIAL towards deletion of domains registered by its Premier and other partners. They also favor bulk buyers.

    These domains(ie registered thru their partners) don't stop resolving after 60 days whereas other domains do.
    In many cases we found that the domains which are more than 6 months in unpaid status and are still resolving. how?
    In majority of the cases where the domain had still not stopped resolving or was not deleted it was found that the domain was intially registered thru a Versign partner.
    Another interesting fact which has come to light has been that if a Handle has many domains registered thru it (either billing/technical/Admin), the domains don't go on hold or delete easily although they may stop resolving after 60 days.

    All the above can't be done or such a similar striking pattern can't be followed unless Verisign has some special treatment to such domains.

    Eventually when a domain drops, it is registered.(Even if its not thru them,they still make $6) So,
    by not allowing domains to drop and allowing them to resolve, Verisign is actually causing a loss to its stockholders.

    Is anybody listening?

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