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February 18, 2018 06:36

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Afilias takes over back-end for Puerto Rico

Afilias has won the back-end contract for Puerto Rico’s ccTLD, .pr. The registry services provider took over DNS for the zone last month and the final handover of the registration system happened at the weekend. .pr is a small TLD, under 10,000 names, run by local firm Gauss Research Laboratories. It also tries to market […]

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Shocker! After 15 years, Afilias kicks Neustar out of Australia

Afilias has been awarded the contract to run .au, Australia’s ccTLD, kicking out incumbent Neustar after 15 years. It’s currently a 3.1 million-domain contract, meaning it’s going to be the largest back-end transition in the history of the DNS. It’s also very likely going to see the price of a .au domain come down. Neustar, […]

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auDA drops Neustar, to transition 3 million .au domain names to Afilias

Afilias gets big contract win in Australia. Domain name registry company Afilias has won a competitive tender and been selected by the Australian country code manager auDA to manage the .au domain name starting in July of 2018. This is a big win for Afilias, and arguably a bigger loss for Neustar. Neustar acquired Australia-based […]

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Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]

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This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went […]

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.Info and .Mobi get Chinese approval

Two large namespaces will now be available for hosting in China. China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has approved five of Afilias’ top level domain names for sale and use in China, including three “old” domain names and two new top level domain names. Most notable is .info, a top level domain name […]

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These domain name people are presenting at SXSW next month

ICANN, Afilias and other companies will have representatives at SXSW in Austin this March. SXSW is right around the corner, with the popular Interactive portion taking place March 10-16 in Austin. Unlike previous years, I haven’t found any domain name-specific sessions. But there are two sessions that have a domain name angle, or at least […]

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Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, requesting certain information related […]

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Roland LaPlante and NamesCon recap – DNW Podcast #121

A recap from NamesCon plus Roland LaPlante of Afilias. This week I have a wide-ranging discussion with Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias. We discuss new top level domain names and why Afilias’ past experience with launching TLDs made its expectations for the current round more realistic. We also chat about increased competition for […]

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URS comes to .mobi as ICANN offers Afilias lower fees

Afilias’ .mobi is to become the latest of the pre-2012 gTLDs to agree to adopt the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy in exchange for lower ICANN fees. Its Registry Agreement is up for renewal, and Afilias and ICANN have come to similar terms to .jobs, .travel, .cat, .pro and .xxx. Afilias has agreed to take on […]

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