Network Solutions (NSI), the company that currently holds a monopoly on registering many Internet domain names, has responded to a lawsuit filed by six domain name holders.
The company, which is responsible for registering names in the Internet domains .com, .edu, .org, and .net, pledges a "vigorous defense" of this privilege.
In a message posted on its Web site, the company says it has been served with a complaint filed by six domain name holders in the Federal Court in Washington DC. According to the statement from NSIs, the suit also names the National Science Foundation (NSF), which granted Network Solutions the exclusive right to register names in the four popular domains in 1992.
The suit suggests the NSF lacked the authority to permit NSI to charge for the Internet registration service and alleges that this created an illegal monopoly. Network Solutions charges $100 for each name registration.
The exclusive contract between NSI and the NSF is due to expire on 31 March 1998. The US Government is due to announce future plans on this issue on 1 November.
Network Solutions completed an initial public offering in September and is quoted on Nasdaq.
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