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ITU May Be Overstepping Boundaries

Even though the US State Department hasn’t issued an official warning, Madeline Albright mentioned that the US was concerned about ITU (International Telecommunications Union) meeting with the IAHC on matters of domain name reform. She implies that ITU has no right to enter an agreement without consulting the organization’s ruling council. [...] Continue reading


NSF Audits Domains for Unpaid Fees

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is looking to collect on unpaid domain fees before they close up shop. Network Solutions, the company that registers domain names, is supposed to collect a fee that goes to the NSF Fund each time a domain is registered. The company has come out recently with news that a large [...] Continue reading


ISP’s Against New TLDs

A large group of internet service providers (ISPs) have come out against the International Ad Hoc Committee’s (IAHC) plan to create 7 new top-level domains. The group was scheduled to sign the IAHC Memorandum of Understanding, but has since withdrawn their support. [...] Continue reading


NYU Law Student Gets a Lesson in Future Career

First year law student, Barry Edwards, is learning more about his future career than he planned. Edwards registered the domain and is currently entangled in a trademark infringement case with his law school. Upon seeing the registered name, the university asked Edwards to cease and desist. [...] Continue reading


National Science Foundation Washes Its Hands of Domain Registration

The NSF will end its long ridiculed involvement in domain name registration as the closing of Network Solution’s role as sole registry draws near. The IAHC endorsed the plans stating that the announcement was NSF’s way of stating that the IAHC should handle domain names. [...] Continue reading

iGoldrush Tries to Sell Phone Number URLs

Robert Woeger, marketing manager at, is trying to sell site extensions in the form of phone numbers. A company buying their service for $24 annually, plus a one-time $3 setup fee, would have a url like “”. Woeger claims such addresses are easier to remember than many of the unreasonably longer domain names. [...] Continue reading


Network Solutions Tries to Keep Control of its Monopoly

Earlier this week, Network Solutions submitted their own proposal plan to privatize and expand the domain registration industry. Their plan was called “self serving” by Don Heath, Chairman of IAHC, in an email response yesterday that also stated the plan would create “absolute chaos” in domain registration. [...] Continue reading

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