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Submission + - Will Google challenge VeriSign for operation of the dot-com registry? (

GeorgeK writes: "Google has noted that their free Public DNS service is handing an average of 70 billion requests/day, which tops VeriSign's latest numbers for dot-com DNS requests.

Since Google does nothing without thought, is this demonstration by them that they can handle a greater DNS load than VeriSign a subtle sign that they might challenge for operation of the dot-com registry?

Certainly Google could be a formidable competitor if ICANN was to open the .com registry to a public tender process. A public tender would lead to lower prices for .com domains at the wholesale level, from $7.85 to perhaps below $2/yr.

Would you want Google to take over operation of the .com registry from VeriSign?"

Submission + - VeriSign wants to suspend com/net domains without ( 1

GeorgeK writes: "VeriSign, the monopoly registry operator for .com/.net domain names, has submitted a proposal to ICANN describing an "Anti-Abuse" policy. If they are allowed to proceed with such a policy, they would become judge, jury and executioner, with the ability to suspend or even cancel alleged "abusive" domain names without due process for registrants.

The proposal even recognizes that legitimate domain names may be taken down improperly, and offers a "protest" procedure. However, VeriSign does not appear to offer any ability to protest an accusation of abuse before the suspension or cancellation. They intend to "shoot first and ask questions later.""

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