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    Re: Verisign Registry Angling For Price Increase
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday October 19 2001, @10:33AM (#3024)
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    According to the URLY Indicator, a weekly email sent out by Afternic.com, a domain name auction site, they have launched a testbed to auction off expiring names. The first, and so far apparently only, registrar to take part is Register.com, not surprising as Register.com owns Afternic.

    Newbies may not be aware that prior to that ownership, Afternic got into a lawsuit with ICANN over its wish to partner with a registrar. That was settled out of court with some wonky agreement that the auction and registrar would have to distance themselves through some intermittent gateway page (which didn't seem to survive the Register.com takeover, there is a direct Register.com link off the Afternic homepage). BTW the ICANN position (it it was such, it seems to have been Louis Touton acting on its own, it certainly wasn't policy) that registrars and aftermarket be kept separate is one of the few ICANN positions I agreed with at the time (though there should be a policy, not a position). Seens to me Register.com is now making it even more necessary for a policy for expiring names. Neither site's front page has mention of this 'testbed' at the time of writing. -g

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    Re: Verisign Registry Angling For Price Increase
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday October 20 2001, @02:05PM (#3041)
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    Andrew Gardner has some interesting comments regarding the afternic/register.com plan to auction expiring names.

    Also bear in mind that VeriSign owns domain name reseller site Great Domains and could conceivably follow suit. -g

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