ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, sent letters of termination to five domain name registrars for their failure to pay fees. Of the five registrars that have been terminated, only one actually has registered domain names currently under their management. It is reported that Maxim Internet currently owes ICANN $150,000 in fees.
Maxim received a breach notice on March 30 and has since begun notifying customers of their impending closure. According to ICANN, they attempted to contact Maxim numerous times regarding their intent to remain an accredited registrar. After multiple failed attempts and seeing the the company’s website was no longer operational, ICANN decided to move ahead with the de-accreditation.
ICANN is currently seeking a registrar to take over Maxim’s 5,200 registered names, but warns that registrant contact data is in an inconsistent format. They are accepting statements of interest from accredited registrars through June 19.
The other four de-accredited registrars include AfterGen, Inc. dba JumpingDot, Hi Yi Global Information Resources, Sundance Group, Inc, and Clertech.com Inc.