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    Registrars What registrars do the Fortune 1000 use?
    posted by jon on Friday May 24 2002, @03:58AM

    BenEdelman writes "Many of the folks who read ICANNwatch are no doubt often asked -- by friends or colleagues -- for advice in choosing a registrar. We all have favorites, but when I was recently asked who "the big guys" (i.e. big corporations) use, I found I didn't readily know the answer."

    Thinking about the question, I realized that the answer likely has some implications not just for registrar choice (whether for personal or organizational registrations) but also for register financial viability going forwards. After all, the theory goes, big corporations buy premium services ("domain name monitoring," "locking," and the like), which makes them especially profitable to registrars. A registrar with many such customers might be well on its way to profitability and financial security.

    With that motivation, I've prepared a list of the primary domain names (according to Fortune Magazine) of each of the Fortune 1000 firms, along with the registrar used by each. I've also compared registrar market shares among the Fortune firms with registrar shares more generally (thanks to SOTD for data), and I've discussed in greater detail a few of the possible implications of the results.

    My work on this subject is available at:

    As always, I welcome comments -- on-list or via email -- as to other helpful and interesting research questions, and possible ways to go about addressing them.

    Ben Edelman
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    Harvard Law School

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    Conclusions & related work in progress
    by BenEdelman on Friday May 24 2002, @01:03PM (#6508)
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    I think Anonymous (above) suggests sensible caveats to drawing conclusions from this data. I've discussed these and related problems in my Conclusions section.

    In the past day, at the suggestion of Marc Schneiders, I've found a list of major companies worldwide (not just US firms, as on the Fortune 500/1000 list). I've obtained their primary domain names from that list, and while some of the firms use ccTLD registrations, nearly half use COM, NET, or ORG. Of those, there's a notable and clear trend towards the use of non-US registrars by non-US firms. Though this result is arguably "obvious" -- certainly predicted by various folks as competition was introduced into COM/NET/ORG registrations -- it's nonetheless interesting to see how it plays out in the data. I expect to release the revised report next week; it's taking that long because I'm also adding quite a bit of additional data that will, I hope, be of some interest. Will report back here when it's ready.
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