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    Verisign/NSI Wall Street Shines Light on .com Deal
    posted by michael on Thursday June 22 2006, @11:10AM

    CFIT writes "In reaction to the pending approval of the .COM registry agreement, VeriSign's shares have risen, as analysts predict increased earnings resulting from VeriSign's ability to raise the price of .COM names seven percent in four of the next six years. You can read the full AP article.

    Although VeriSign has alleged that there are “no major differences” between the current agreement and the proposed .COM deal, Wall Street has shed light to the fact that that the deal will have a significant market impact.




    Here is a statement from CFIT spokesperson John Berard:

    Financial news today "puts the lie" to persistently repeated statements supporting the deal between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) to run the most important part of the Internet – the .COM database of domain names, according to John Berard spokesperson for the Coalition for ICANN Transparency (CFIT).

    "When ICANN general counsel John Jeffrey and VeriSign Internet Advisory Board member Rick White told Congress two weeks ago that there were 'no major differences' between the current contract and the proposed deal and that just because VeriSign can increase prices without review didn't mean they would, they drew laughs," said Berard. "Press reports today quoting financial analysts who say 'the 2008 impact should be large' puts the lie to those statements."

    The deal, currently under review by the U.S. Department of Commerce for the last four months, has drawn broad industry opposition and antitrust litigation in federal court, as well as Congressional oversight.

    "ICANN has let VeriSign browbeat it into a bad deal," Berard said. "No one objects to VeriSign running the .COM database as they now do. ICANN should use the time between now and the end of that contract next September to rebid it for the benefit of all."


     
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