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    Registrars Verisign/NSI
    100 Year TLD Registrations
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 23 2004, @08:19AM

    Scott writes "Just got this from NETSOL:
    You’ve seen the stories about companies that let valuable domain names lapse just because someone forgot to renew. Now, as a Network Solutions® customer, it doesn’t have to happen to you. Network Solutions’ exclusive new 100 Year Domain Service allows you to extend the term of any — or all — of your domain name registrations for the longest term available.

    It continues:
    You will no longer need to keep track of expiration dates for your domain name registrations. Your domain name registration is kept up to date and registered in your name by Network Solutions, the trusted leader in domain name registrations under management. When you order 100 Year Domain Service you pay only $9.99 per year for each domain name — our lowest price available. That represents a savings of more than 70% compared to paying annually.

    We have provided a recommendation of the domain names that we think will benefit from the 100 year service. Just click the button below to view some of the domain names in your Network Solutions account that have been registered for multiple years. Secure these domain names into the next century today.

    Um... yeah.. I'll get right on that."

    [Editor's note: Here's the web version of the announcement.

    Key quote:
    How does the 100 Year Domain Service work?
    Network Solutions will register your domain name for the maximum term available at the underlying domain registry and then, as long as your domain is registered with Network Solutions, we’ll add additional years to that registration on an annual basis, ensuring that your registration is always renewed until it has been registered to you for a total of 100 years of registration service from the date of your purchase.

    What if I transfer my domain name to another registrar?
    It is important to note that your pre-paid 100 Year Domain Service is provided exclusively by Network Solutions for you, and will terminate upon any transfer of your domain name to another registrar, with no refunds. The number of registration years that transfer to a new registrar will be the current term of the registration at the time of transfer, as reflected in WHOIS.
    The 10-year limit never made any sense. But ICANN imposed it. Will ICANN seek to block this? They sure won't be able to claim technical necessity on this one....but talk about customer lock-in! -mf]

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    What a deal...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday March 23 2004, @10:19AM (#13246)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I know several other registrars that charge $8 or less per year, without requiring a century of prepayment!
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    If ICANN allowed 100 years, this would be great...
    by Ron_Bennett on Tuesday March 23 2004, @10:48AM (#13247)
    User #3011 Info | http://www.wyomissing.com/bennett/
    NSI's 100 year registration is great marketing, but meaningless since the max length of a gTLD registration is 10 years.

    On an aside, some ccTLDs have offered 100 year registrations for awhile since they're not governed by ICANN's 10 year max limit.

    If gTLD registrars could actually over 100 year registrations, I'd get some...be cool to have a domain name showup in Whois registered through like Mar-23-2104.

    Anyways, if this catches on, we could see 1000 year registrations, though more likely folks will see the following marketing terms used to describe length of registrations, such as "Lifetime", "Forever", "Permanent", "Endless", etc.

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    1 billion year registrations
    by GeorgeK on Tuesday March 23 2004, @11:54AM (#13255)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    My company has outdone NSI. We offer 1 billion year registrations for only $100 million. :) That's only 10 cents per year, 99% less than what NSI has the nerve to charge per annum.

    A few other OpenSRS resellers are making similar great deals. [opensrs.org] Discounts are available for multiple domains! :) How can we offer such great deals? One word: Volume! :)
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    Nice Profit Scam
    by fweyer on Wednesday March 24 2004, @09:22AM (#13265)
    User #3833 Info
    This is another example of Network Solutions providing a "service" that isn't needed, in which gullible registrants will cough up money now for services they may never receive (what are the odds that Network Solutions LLC (the company that bought the registrar business from Network Solutions, Inc. last November but that pretends to be the same company, which it isn't) will exist ten years from now, let alone 100? You can get the same result from other registrars like GoDaddy, who charge $8.95 a year and offer an automatic renewal option, providing the same service on a pay as you go basis, and not locking a registrant in for 100 years.
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    Re: The 10-year limit ...
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Tuesday March 23 2004, @01:56PM (#13262)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    I have no idea (or have completely forgotten) where the idea for the 10-year limit came from. (Nobody will ever need more than 512K of RAM?) I bet one of ICANNWatch's readers knows.

    I do agree that long-term name delegations have consequences for successor operators if no funds to cover the obligation are transferred with the registry and the obligation.

    I don't think, however, given how the contract is written, that this important point applies to .com like it did to .org, since the contracts basically guarantee .com to the current operator in perpetuity barring very unlikely misdeeds.

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