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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
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.
- Re: Anti-trust Investigation of Network Solutions (fwd) Carl Oppedahl (Jul 07)