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<nettime> DNS: decency, deadline extensions, and NSF hands off to Commerce

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Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 01:23:04 -0400
Subject: Re: [NIC-981006.34373] FUCK.COM

          NSI as the Global Arbiter of Taste and Decency
     Using the First Amendment to protect Corporate Censorship:

>>Network Solutions has a right founded in the First Amendment to the
>>U.S. Constitution to refuse to register, and thereby publish, on the
>>Internet registry of domain names words that it deems to be inappropriate.
>>Additionally, Network Solutions' outside counsel has advised us that the
>>Supreme Court of the United States has held that no corporation can
>>be compelled to engage in publication which that corporation finds to be

>Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 23:05:13 -0400
>Subject: Re: [NIC-981006.34373] FUCK.COM
>Dear Domain Name Client,
>We're sorry to inform you that Network Solutions
>has declined to register your domain name for the
>reasons they have stated below.
>Unfortunately we do not have any option to otherwise
>grant your request as we do not object to the content
>of your request, but as a reseller of domain services
>we have no choice but to accept NSI's policies, with
>which we don't necessarily agree.
>Thank you for your business and we look forward to
>being of service to you again.
>Best regards,
>>From: Domain Registration Role Account <>
>>Subject: Re: [NIC-981006.34373] FUCK.COM
>>Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 21:54:15 -0400 (EDT)
>>X-Mailer: fastmail [version 2.4 PL24alpha4]
>>The following template has been returned due to the following errors.
>>Please review the instructions in the domain registration template
>>available at
>>The glossary of the parser errors is available at:
>>InterNIC Registration Services
>>voice  (703) 742-4777
>>ERROR: invalid item 33 <FUCK.COM>
>>Network Solutions, Inc., the private corporation that provides InterNIC
>>registration services, declines to register the domain name for which
>>you have applied.
>>Network Solutions has a right founded in the First Amendment to the
>>U.S. Constitution to refuse to register, and thereby publish, on the
>>Internet registry of domain names words that it deems to be inappropriate.
>>Additionally, Network Solutions' outside counsel has advised us that the
>>Supreme Court of the United States has held that no corporation can
>>be compelled to engage in publication which that corporation finds to be
>>WorldNIC owned domain records can only be modified through WorldNIC.
>>Network Solutions, Inc.,  InterNIC Registration Services, is in receipt
>>of your request for a domain name. Unfortunately, we cannot process
>>your request because you did not submit the Registration Agreement
>>(Version 4.0) in its entirety. Please resubmit your application for
>>the domain name using the entire Registration Agreement (Version 4.0),
>>including Sections A-Q and the template portion of the Agreement.
>>>From  Tue Oct  6 21:25:59 1998
>>>Received: from ( [])
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>>>       for <>; Tue, 6 Oct 1998 21:25:58
>>>-0400 (EDT)
>>>Received: from ( [])
>>>       by (8.9.1/8.9.1) with SMTP id VAA19821
>>>       for <>; Tue, 6 Oct 1998 21:25:55 -0400 (EDT)
>>>Received: (qmail 27925 invoked from network); 7 Oct 1998 01:25:55 -0000
>>>Received: from (HELO (
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>>> (8.7.6/8.7.3) with SMTP id VAA06227 for
>>><>; Tue, 6 Oct 1998 21:25:54 -0400
>>>Message-Id: <>
>>>Mime-Version: 1.0
>>>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>>Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 21:28:47 -0400
>>>Subject: [NIC-981006.34373] Re: NEW DOMAIN
>>>X-MTS-Ticket: 981006.34373
>>>X-MTS-Type: Domain
>>>X-MTS-Mode: Insert
>>>X-MTS-Priority: Normal
>>>X-MTS-Status: Open
>>>X-MTS-Timestamp: 981006212559
>>>>This is the domain template you recently created.
>>>>In order to complete this action,
>>>>After you mail this form, you should receive an auto-reply
>>>>with a tracking number.  You must use that number in the
>>>>Subject of any future messages you send regarding
>>>>this registration action.
>>>>Once this registration action is completed you will receive
>>>>a notification via e-mail.
>>>>[ URL ]          [ 03/98 ]
>>>>[ URL ] [ 03/98 ]
>>>>******* Please DO NOT REMOVE Version Number or Sections A-Q ********
>>>>Domain Version Number: 4.0
>>>>******* Email completed agreement to *******
>>>>A.      Introduction. This domain name registration agreement
>>>>("Registration Agreement") is submitted to NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
>>>>("NSI") for the purpose of applying for and registering a domain name
>>>>on the Internet. If this Registration Agreement is accepted by NSI,
>>>>and a domain name is registered in NSI's domain name database and
>>>>assigned to the Registrant, Registrant ("Registrant") agrees to be
>>>>bound by the terms of this Registration Agreement and the terms of
>>>>NSI's Domain Name Dispute Policy ("Dispute Policy") which is
>>>>incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this Registration
>>>>Agreement. This Registration Agreement shall be accepted at the
>>>>offices of NSI.

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Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 02:00:47 -0400
From: (
Subject: [DNS.Forum] [ifwp] Fwd: US Government Extends Network Solutions 
         Cooperative Agreement through September 2000

>>Date:         Tue, 6 Oct 1998 17:15:47 -0400
>>From: Nick Patience <nick@APT.COMPUTERWIRE.COM>
>>Subject:      Fwd: US Government Extends Network Solutions Cooperative
>>              Agreement through September 2000
>>>From: "Huddleston, Nancy" <>
>>>Subject: US Government Extends Network Solutions Cooperative Agreement thr
>>>       ough September 2000
>>>Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 16:43:40 -0400
>>>Apparently-To: <>
>>>US Government Extends Network Solutions
>>>Cooperative Agreement through September 2000
>>>Herndon, Va., October 6, 1998 - Network Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSOL) and
>>>officials from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and
>>>Information Administration (NTIA) have agreed to a two-year extension of the
>>>Cooperative Agreement between the US Government and Network Solutions with
>>>provisions to transition relevant US Government authority to a new
>>>non-profit corporation for coordination of some domain name system
>>>functions.  As part of the agreement, Network Solutions and NTIA have agreed
>>>to a plan for the transition to a shared registration system in a phased
>>>approach beginning March 31, 1999 with full implementation by June 1, 1999.
>>>Network Solutions will build a shared registration system to support
>>>multiple licensed, accredited registrars offering registration services.
>>>Network Solutions and other domain name registrars will function as
>>>retailers of domain name registration services through Network Solutions'
>>>shared registration system.  Network Solutions will also continue in its
>>>role as the registry -- or wholesaler -- of .com, .net and .org domain name
>>>registrations.  Network Solutions has registered more than 2.3 million
>>>domain names, or Web addresses, in .com, .net , .org and .edu.
>>>Network Solutions has worked with the US Government pursuant to a five year
>>>Cooperative Agreement to develop and maintain some of the key administrative
>>>functions of the Internet including the domain name registration system.
>>>This new amendment extends the Cooperative Agreement through September 30,
>>>Other highlights from the extension include the following:
>>>*      Network Solutions will submit a copy of all software and data
>>>generated under the Cooperative Agreement through September 30, 1998 to the
>>>US Government.
>>>*      Once a shared registration system is implemented, pricing for
>>>Network Solutions' shared registry services for .com, .net, .org and .edu
>>>will be a specific dollar amount per registration, per year, and will be
>>>specified in a further amendment reflecting Network Solutions' costs and a
>>>reasonable return on its investment.
>>>*      Following the finalization of the US Government's agreement with a
>>>new non-profit corporation - also known as Newco -- that will act as a
>>>coordinating body for domain name system administrative functions, Network
>>>Solutions will negotiate a contractual relationship with Newco.
>>>*      Network Solutions will continue to function as the administrator for
>>>the primary root server  -- known as root server A -- for the root server
>>>system and as a root zone administrator until such time as the US Government
>>>instructs Network Solutions to transfer either or both of these functions to
>>>Newco or a specific alternate entity.
>>>Founded in 1979, Network Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSOL) pioneered the
>>>development of registering Web addresses ending in .com, .net, .org and
>>>.edu.  Network Solutions also provides enterprise network consulting
>>>services, focusing on network engineering, network security and network
>>>management solutions for commercial customers.  For more information, see
>>>the Web site.
>>>Contact: For Media, Christopher Clough, (703) 742-4706,
>>>for Investor Relations,
>>>Bob Korzeniewski,, (703) 742-4741.

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Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 02:01:26 -0400
From: (
Subject: NSF Hands off Cooperative Agreement to NTIA (silently)
Subject:ADVISORY: Domain Name Cooperative Agreement Transferred

Media Advisory
September 17, 1998
PA/M 98-22


The National Science Foundation has recently transferred
authority to the US Department of Commerce to administer the
cooperative agreement under which Internet domain name
registrations services are provided. Commerce will be negotiating
directly with Network Solutions to effect smooth transition
from government oversight to more competitive, private sector
management of Internet issues.

Network Solutions has registered second level domain names under
Internic generic top level domains such as .com, .org, .net, and
.edu under a cooperative agreement with the United States
government (awarded by NSF in 1993).

"Network solutions has done a remarkable job keeping up with an
amazing pace of growth, and has brought "industrial strength"
services to the Internet, replacing volunteer services as it
matures," said George Strawn, division director for NSF's
Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research.  "At the
beginning of the agreement, there were 7,500 domain names
registered.  Today there are more than 2 million.

On June 5, 1998, after an extensive public comment process, the
Department of Commerce issued a Statement of Policy on the
privatization and future administration of the Internet domain
name system (DNS). The policy statement describes a process
where by a new, globally representative, not-for-profit
corporation, formed by the private sector, would assume various
responsibilities for DNS management, including development of
future policies for domain name registration (see:

NSF officials believe that this transition is a positive step for
the development of the Internet.  The Foundation, an independend
federal agency created to support science and engineering
research and education, is foucused on looking ahead to the Next
Generation Internet and its applications.  The Internet is now
primarily a commercial medium and the Commerce Department is the
appropriate agency to foster the transition of domain name
management to the private sector.

For more information contact:

Beth Gaston, NSF (703) 306-0170/

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