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Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), formerly the Internet's sole
domain name registrar, has been accused of violating the
accreditation agreement that registrars sign with the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),
which oversees the domain name industry. The accusations
stem from a special notice NSI recently began e-mailing to
owners of past-due accounts. In the notice, NSI says it will
put any past-due domain names up for auction in order to
satisfy payment obligations. It is not clear where
additional proceeds beyond the US $35 annual registration
fee would go. Critics say that the plan will result in a
large number of domain names defaulting to NSI instead of
re-entering the open market for domain names. Although other
companies are taking steps to enter the name auction
business as well, NSI's competitors maintain that the policy
violates the registrar contract. (Wired News, 26 June 2000)


The proceedings of the 47th IETF Meeting, held in Adelaide,
Australia, in March 2000, are now available at

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