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Saturday, May 12, 2007

ICANN plans transfer of RegisterFly domain names

Following the failure of RegisterFly to meet the conditions of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which a United States court issued on April 16, this year, global Internet coordinating agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has commenced plans to transfer domain names registered under RegisterFly.com.

Disclosing this, ICANN said that the subsequent ruling penultimate Friday by Justice Manuel J. Real, allows the organization to terminate RegisterFly’s accreditation as soon as possible.

This provides ICANN to ensure that current and accurate data for all of RegisterFly’s domain names are transferred, hence it is now inviting expression of interest.

A press statement made available to Champion Infotel by Media Advisers at ICANN, Messrs Jason Keenan and Andrew Robertson, informed that ICANN is immediately inviting statements of interest from accredited registrars which began Monday, April 30, 2007, who would act as transfer providers, in order to enable domain name registrants gain full access to their domains.

“The registrar handling the transfers will temporarily hold the names and help registrants transfer to any ICANN accredited registrar of their choice,” the advisers said.

They quoted the chief executive of ICANN, Dr. Paul Twomey as saying that getting correct registrants are the first concern of his organization as far as termination of RegisterFly accreditation is concerned.

He noted that ICANN is following a very determined approach in returning access to domain name registrants impacted by the collapse of RegisterFly.

“ICANN knows that many registrants are anxious for a transfer to occur. We are committed to making sure this process is put in place as quickly as possible,” Dr. Twomey said, adding that while ICANN understands that this process may be frustrating for some RegisterFly customers, “it is the first time that ICANN has had to intercede in such a way and these steps are being taken to ensure that the system introduced works as effectively as possible.”

The advisers also explained that potential registrants intending to be part of the transfer providers, must meet some guidelines, including that the entity must have been accredited by ICANN in the past two years and is in tandem with the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) requirement as well as able to demonstrate the possession of the technical and financial qualifications necessary to operate a registrar with the number of registrations that the applicant will need to manage if it is selected as the services provider.

They further recalled that the Court decision requires RegisterFly to immediately post a notice on its web site to this effect.

The advisers assured that once ICANN finalizes RegisterFly’s termination, the website notice must be revised to reflect the actual termination of RegisterFly’s accreditation.

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