VeriSign's got a good deal here. It can still put out its search service as long as Icann gets the chance to check it first. While that monitoring is needed it still leaves VeriSign with the revenue it expects and all the leverage it can get from the .com domain.
There's also the security problems of having a private company controlling such an important domain. VeriSign has to be one of the most attractive companies out there for hackers right now.
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