Eugene Kahspureff, founder of alternative Internet name registry AlterNIC, came close to being released on bail from a Canadian prison this week, but is still awaiting extradition to the US.
Kashpureff was arrested two weeks ago in Toronto. He admits to having rerouted Internet traffic from the Web page of the official registrar, InterNIC, to his own AlterNIC site, in order to protest against InterNIC's monopoly in assigning domain names in the ?.com?, ?.org?. and ?.net? domains.
At a deportation hearing, bail of $10,000 was fixed for Kashpureff, but just before he was to be released the US requested his extradition. This means he can no longer be released on bail.
InterNIC is a part of Network Solutions (NSI). It received the exclusive right to assign internet domain names from the National Science Foundation, but this has come under increasing criticism.
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