La plus ca change...
Date: Monday January 06 2003, @06:37AM
Topic: Registrars

Registrants, rejoice! BNA's Internet Law News points at at two articles noting that VeriSign has created a wholly owned subsidiary to handle its registrar business, which it plans to "rebrand" -- as the much-beloved Network Solutions.

Lisa Bowman's coverage in ("VeriSign splits off domain registrar: It's back to the future for Network Solutions") is here, and David McGuire's coverage in coverage via the Washington Post ("VeriSign Resurrects Network Solutions: Subsidiary to Operate Out of Herndon") is here.

The ironies run slow, thick, deep, and torturous. The latter article quotes Network Solutions's new president, W. G. Champion "Champ" Mitchell, as saying, "Network Solutions needs to be a separate and independent entity because it is truly different than the rest of VeriSign." Evidently, he went on to add that Network Solutions will also to use the domain name business, in McGuire's paraphrase, "to sell services like web site design and hosting." The former article quotes him as assuring us that "there were a lot of people [at VeriSign] who had not gotten over the monopoly mentality.... Those people are no longer with us."

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by jberryhill on Wednesday January 08 2003, @08:11AM (#10921)
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There also used to be people at Network Solutions who had some clue about how to run a domain name registration system. Apparently, they've managed to weed them out as well.
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