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June 21, 2018 10:32

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.web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

Verisign has been given the all-clear by the US government to go ahead and run the new gTLD .web, despite competition concerns. The Department of Justice told the company yesterday that the antitrust investigation it launched almost exactly a year ago is now “closed”. Verisign’s secret proxy in the 2016 auction, the original .web applicant […]

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Justice gives nod to O.com auction

The US Department of Justice does not intend to prevent Verisign from auctioning off the single-letter domain o.com. Aaron Hoag, chief of the department’s Technology & Financial Services Section, told ICANN in a letter (pdf) that it does not intend to probe Verisign’s proposal. The letter reads in its entirety: Your letter dated December 7, […]

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ICANN punts o.com auction to US watchdogs

Verisign’s proposed auction of the domain o.com might have a negative effect on competition and has been referred to US regulators. That’s according to ICANN’s response to the .com registry’s request to release the domain, which is among the 23 single-letter domains currently reserved under the terms of its contract. ICANN has determined that the […]

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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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U.S. Antitrust Division investigating Verisign running .Web

U.S. government makes Civil Investigative Demand about .web. The long-running fight for the .web top level domain name has taken another turn as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation. Verisign CEO James Bidzos revealed the investigation on the company’s regularly scheduled earnings call today. Bidzos said the company […]

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Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including XYZ.com (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among those to […]

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New gTLDs not an illegal conspiracy, court rules

ICANN has beaten off a lawsuit from alternate root provider name.space for a second time, with a US appeals court ruling that the new gTLD program was not an illegal conspiracy. name.space sued ICANN in 2012, claiming that the program broke competition laws and that “conflicted” ICANN directors conspired with the industry in an “attack” […]

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