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Afilias proposes to bring state-of-the-art technology, research and innovation funds, and competitive pricing to support the .NET domain
DUBLIN, IRELAND - 19 January 2005- Afilias Limited today announced that it has submitted a proposal to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to become the next registry operator for the .NET generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry when VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) Global Registry Services' contract expires on 30 June 2005.
"Afilias believes it is critical to move the .NET domain from the incumbent in order to enhance effective competition in the registry market," said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias Limited. "Afilias believes that it would be the best steward for the .NET domain due to its technical proficiency, competitive pricing, and unmatched transition experience. We have submitted a proposal that allows .NET to emerge from under .COM's shadow in the domain name market."
Afilias' proposal details its plan to transition and upgrade the .NET registry onto its state-of the art registry system, which currently supports nearly 7 million domains including the fifth and sixth largest TLDs - .ORG and .INFO - as well as seven country code domains. Highlights of Afilias' proposal include:
"As a company, Afilias is 100% focused on the domain name industry and investing in technology that will result in a more reliable, secure and efficiently functioning Internet," said Hal Lubsen, President and CEO of Afilias Limited. "We believe that, with this sharp focus on the needs of the .NET registry and with our proven experience, we are well qualified to operate the .NET registry."
Afilias Limited, a fully integrated global provider of domain name registry services, maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England and Düsseldorf, Germany, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, Canada, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India. Afilias provides a full range of registry services leveraging proven technology that is fast, reliable and secure. Afilias provides registry services support to the .ORG gTLD (under contract to Public Interest Registry), the .INFO gTLD and several country code TLDs.