The Internet Society has outlined recommendations to end Network Solutions' monopoly on registering domain names or Internet addresses, following a spate of errors that led to domains being deleted and email being delayed.
This is a stronger stance than in previous discussions, which had focused on opening up new domains to third party registrars, rather than those Network Solutions (NSI) controls.
The Society, a non-profit body representing many Internet interests, said it had strengthened its stance in favour of competition following the errors, which were made by Internic, part of Network Solutions, which registers and administers Web addresses. (see previous stories).
Such errors would be avoided by replacing one registrar with a group of organisations, working together, said spokesperson Martin Burack.
"True competition in domain name registration is needed to stimulate the growth of global electronic commerce," said the statement.
It also restated the view of many Internet bodies that no government should be involved in registration, except to create a legal framework for ecommerce and encourage uptake of new technologies.
There are various plans, backed by bodies such as the Internet Society and the IAHC, to extend the number of top level domains (generic suffixes such as '.com') and to allow other registrars to control the new ones. But those proposals were unclear on whether Network Solutions would lose its monopoly on the existing top level domains - '.com', '.org' and'.net'. The latest statement suggests that it will, although these three TLDs are unlikely to be subject to a complete free-for-all.
Network Solutions was not available for comment.
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