US Department of Commerce has again shunted the deadline to open domain name registration competition, which will come as a blow to registrars waiting to compete in the Internet naming market.
Registrars have been told that the test bed phase will now end on 6 August. This they are hoping will not be another false start in their bid to compete with Network Solutions which formerly held an exclusive government contract to register domain names ending in .com, .net and .edu.
Network Solutions said the extension was essential to integrate the five companies that will be offering registration services in the shared registration system. They include Register.com, Melbourne IT, FranceTelecom/Oleane, America Online and The Council of Internet Registrars.
The test bed period was started in April. Once the test phase is over, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) will accept applications from any company meeting the qualifications to become a domain registrar.
A number of issues still have to be addressed, including how much NSI will be able to charge its competitors for their management of the shared registration system.
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