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ICANN: Competitive Domain Name Registrars


ICANN Press Release 21 April 1999


(WASHINGTON - April 21, 1999) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the five companies that have been selected to participate in the initial testbed phase of the new competitive Shared Registry System for the .com, .net, and .org domains. These five participants will be the first to implement the new system for competition in the market for .com, .net, and .org domain name registration services. Currently, registration services in the .com, .net, and .org domains are provided by Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), which has enjoyed an exclusive right to handle registrations under a 1993 Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Government.

The five registrars participating in the testbed are, in alphabetical order:

Under the Cooperative Agreement between NSI and the U.S. Government, the competitive registrar testbed program will begin on April 26 and will last until June 24, 1999 (Phase I). Following the conclusion of Phase I, the Shared Registry System for the .com, .net, and .org domains will be opened on equal terms to all accredited registrars, meaning that any company that meets ICANN's standards for accreditation will be able to enter the market as a registrar and offer customers competitive domain name registration services in the .com, .net, and .org domains.

"Today's announcement marks a major milestone in the joint efforts of the public and private sectors to bring Internet users the benefits of real competition in registration services in the most popular Internet domains -- .com, .net, and .org," said Esther Dyson, ICANN's interim chairman. "The five testbed participants bring a wealth of technical capability, business experience, and geographic reach to the testbed program, and each has demonstrated a strong commitment to make this effort succeed on behalf of the global Internet community."

In addition to the five testbed participants, ICANN also announced today that 29 other applicant companies have met its accreditation criteria and are expected to be accredited to compete as registrars upon completion of the testbed phase. Those companies include the following: 9NetAvenue; A Technology Company; Active ISP;; All West Communications; American Domain Name Registry; AT&T; Domain Direct;; eNom, Inc.; InfoAvenue; InfoNetworks; InfoRamp; Interactive Telecom Network; Interdomain; Internet Domain Registrars; interQ Incorporated; MS Intergate;; Name.Space Inc.; NetBenefit; NetNames; Nominalia; Port Information System AB; RCN; Telepartner AS; Verio; Virtual Internet; and WebTrends.

"As the list of post-testbed registrars makes clear, there is a tremendous level of commercial interest in opening the market for domain name services to competition," said Mike Roberts, ICANN's interim president and CEO. "These companies are ready, willing, and able to compete. ICANN is committed to working with the United States Government, the testbed participants, and all post-testbed registrars to launch this program successfully."


For further details, see e.g.

and also


Testbed and Post-Testbed Registrars as of April 21, 1999

Companies Selected as Testbed Participants:

Companies to be Accredited as Post-Testbed Registrars

Siehe auch: