.Co.com Live Registrations Begin April 8th “It’s 1985 Again”™

The .Co.com registry announced that their registrations go live tomorrow on April 8th

Here is the press release:

“”The very first .com domain name registration (symbolics.com) took place in March of 1985. Back then, of course, every name was available.

Today, with over 113 million registered .com domain names, the very best .com domain names are long gone.

Businesses who prefer the familiar .com extension find it difficult, or even impossible, to find short memorable names that are relevant to their business. They often settle for an ugly, long, hyphenated, multiple-word domain name.

Things are about to change.

Beginning April 8th, co.com LLC, a recently launched domain name registry, will essentially open a new tract of land in .com.

As was the case back in 1985, businesses, organizations and individuals will once again be able to register short memorable domain names ending in .com (e.g. Joes.co.com, plumber,co.com, travel.co.com, Homes.co.com, books.co.com, anyname.co.com).

Demand for domain names ending in .com remains very strong.

Last year over 30 million .com domains were registered.

“Most of those names were very long, hard to remember, and not ideal for marketing”, says Ken Hansen, CEO, co.com LLC. “When given a choice, many users will opt for the shorter name with a .co.com extension”, he continued.

Demand should be particularly strong in the 69 countries where “double dot names” (e.g.something.co.uk) are commonplace. The company has signed on over 200 domain name registrars to distribute .co.com domain names to the public.

Learn more, and find a participating registrar, at: http://registry.co.com

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WSJ: If The UN Gets Control Of ICANN Your Domain Registration Fees May Increase, A Lot

The Wall Street Journal just published a story by Karl Borden who is a professor of financial economics at the University of Nebraska who warns that if the US gives up its oversight control over ICANN and the United Nations winds up in that roll, expect that fees are going to be imposed on every domain registration to support not only ICANN but UN activities.

The professor cites “As far back as 2001, a U.N. report, “Financing the Global Sharing Economy,” proposed that the U.N. be given the authority to levy a tax on “speculative currency transactions” with a projected revenue stream north of $150 billion.”

“Should the U.N. get control of the Internet and the global commerce it carries, that figure will be chump change.”

“If history is any guide, the run-up to big dollars will be stunningly rapid. One need only reference the increases in U.S. federal revenues and expenditures after passage in 1913 of the 16th Amendment establishing the federal income tax. The top 1913 rate of 7% more than doubled by 1916 to 15%, then rocketed to 67% in 1917 and 77% in 1918. It always starts small.”

“Power follows the money, and bureaucratic appetites are voracious. Who will there be to stop the process, after all? Where is the elected legislative body that will answer to the world’s population that finally pays these “fees”?

“Among the many disingenuous justifications being touted for this colossal strategic mistake is that no “government control” will be imposed on the Internet. But democratic “government control” is exactly what will be needed, and it will be absent. Constitutional governments are the means by which citizens delegate the job of protecting their individual rights, and allow them to retain at least some ability to avoid tyranny. With constitutional government it becomes at least possible for citizens to say “No—No more!” No such checks are in place for a global bureaucracy that will have the power to reach into every pocket on earth.”

At the moment ICANN charges a fee of $.18 per domain for most TLD’s.

However the ICANN fee is one of things the US has oversight control of, including the awarding of the contract to operate the .com and .net registry which expires in 2018.

The professor’s argument and I think its a good one, is if the UN has control over ICANN that fee may not stay at $.18.

A less accountable, more politicized ICANN may place a “global development fee” on each domain name registration to fund  project investments in select nations and an expanded fellowship programs of $1 which as the good professor points out could grow over time to $5 or $10 a domain or more.

A global Internet tax?

Why not?
 

Strickling, Fadi, Steve DelBianco All Set To Testify In House Hearing On ICANN Tomorrow

There is going to be a house hearing tomorrow on the US giving up its oversight control over ICANN.

The hearing is being held by the Energy & Commerce Committee of the United States House of Representatives

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The title of the hearing is “Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet.” Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only. The hearing webcast will be available at http://energycommerce.house.gov/

Witnesses:

Panel I

The Honorable Larry Strickling:

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Administration
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Fadi Chehadé:

President and CEO
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony and CV)

The Honorable David A. Gross:

Partner
Wiley Rein, LLP
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony and CV)

Panel II

Mr. Steve DelBianco:

Executive Director
NetChoice
Witness Testimony (Truth in Testimony and CV)

Ms. Carolina Rossini:

Project Director, Latin American Resource Center
Internet Governance and Human Rights Program
New American Foundation

Hey Registries, Registrars This Is The Way To Sell A Domain

Over the years we have pointed out a bunch of ridiculous emails we get from registries and registrars trying to get people to buy a unregistered domain names.

Usually the domain names suggested in the email have little to do with the person receiving the email or a defensive sale, along the lines of you better get this domain before someone else does.

However today I got this from the DotCeo registry and you have to admit its a nice looking, bang on domain and properly presented.

The operators of the DotCEO registry also own Kred, which like Klout attempts to determine your influence on social media.  It appears they are using Kred’s stats to send out notices to generate interest in .CEO domains.

I would say nice presentation, nice job and should result in some registrations.

dotceo

Secure Domain Foundation Launches Backed By Facebook, Verizon, Verisign, Rightside, .Ca, .Co, DomainTools, Blacknight

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Experts and companies in the information security industry formed the Secure Domain Foundation (SDF), a non-profit, community-driven organization devoted to the identification and prevention of Internet cyber crime utilizing the DNS and launched it at the ICANN’s 49th Public Meeting.

The SDF is backed by : Facebook, Verizon, Verisign, Rightside which owns Enom and Name.com, CIRA(.ca), CO Internet(.co), CrowdStrike, APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), Emerging Threats, ESET Anti-Virus, DomainTools, Internet Identity, CoCCA, Mailshell, Blacknight Solutions, Foreground Security, and the SecDev Group.

The SDF will provide no-cost tools, technology, research, and security intelligence to an initial market segment of Internet domain name registrars, registries, ccTLD operators, and gTLD operators. In the coming months, the SDF plans to expand services to hosting providers, DNS operators, CERTS, law enforcement and other Internet infrastructure operators.
Criminals have long used domain names to control botnets, distribute malware, and compromise unsuspecting visitors. The SDF’s API product allows its users to obtain an instant “credit score” based on security reputation and contact data validation. This is especially helpful during domain name transactions such as new account creation, domain registration, and record updates.

“ICANN has recently mandated that domain registrars must validate postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses that are provided as contact information during the domain registration process,” said Norm Ritchie, Chairman of the SDF. “Many new gTLD registries have pledged to take a more proactive role in combating domain abuse within their TLDs. The SDF provides an entirely free service that not only validates the contact registration data provided but also lets the registrar and registry know if we have seen that data used previously in relation to cyber crime.”

“Rightside has been an early supporter of the SDF and its mission. Over the past two years, the SDF has been quietly and skillfully compiling an extensive database about malicious domains and actors. It has been a excellent resource for us. We are very proud and excited to be a partner of the Secure Domain Foundation and we look forward to incorporating the contact data validation services into our domain registration processes,” said Wayne MacLaurin, CTO of Demand Media companies Enom, Name.com and Rightside Registry.

“Beyond our current offering of tools and services, we are also dedicated to raising the cost and risk of cyber crime,” said Chris Davis, President of the SDF. “With our partners, we analyze hundreds of thousands of malware samples daily and actively engage with registries, registrars and hosting providers to shut down the criminal command and control infrastructure. Our staff and volunteer researchers and analysts work tirelessly to provide criminal attribution intelligence to the proper global law enforcement organizations and help to bring these criminals to justice.”