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Re: Anti-trust Investigation of Network Solutions (fwd)
From: Carl Oppedahl <carl () oppedahl com>
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 1997 06:18:23 -0600

At 07:47 AM 07/07/97 -0400, Jamie Rishaw wrote:

This came across com-priv - I'm not supporting it in
any way, this is the second thing I've seen come from
the WP that gives no actual fact to back up its assertion,
but nonetheless ..

-- From com-priv --

"DOMAIN" ASSIGNMENT EXAMINED BY ANTITRUST INVESTIGATORS

Network Solutions Inc. (NSI), the Herndon, Virginia company 
selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1995 to 
control the assignment of all Internet domain names, is now 
under scrutiny by the Justice Department for possible violation 
of antitrust laws.  

The actual fact that backs up this assertion is NSI's filing with the SEC.
You can see the filing at
<ftp://www.sec.gov/edgar/data/1030341/0000950133-97-002418.txt>, and when
that page is in your browser (it's a couple of hundred K in size) just
search for "justice".  NSI discloses the Justice Department action in that
filing.

NSF intends not to renew NSI's contract when it expires next 
year, but the company says it does not plan to give up its 
responsibility for the domains it registers (.com, .edu., .net., 
and .org).  The company is also in the process of going public 
and is planning a stock offering worth as much as $35 million.  

At <http://www.netsol.com/announcements/MYTHS4.html> NSI says:

        16. Myth: In April 1998 there will be significant changes 
        to the .com, .org, and .net registration process.

        Fact: There will be no operational changes to domain name 
        registrations in .com, .org and .net.  Registrations and 
        updates in these registries will continue as they
        are today with the likely addition of new service offerings.

I don't know how NSI can state this as a fact, given that under the terms
of the contract that will expire in April 1998, NSF has the power to
require NSI to hand over *everything* necessary for someone else to
administer .com, .org and .net.




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