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Registrar linked to .xxx loses ICANN accreditation

Kevin Murphy, June 29, 2010, 12:47:30 (UTC), Domain Registrars

A Technology Company Inc, a registrar previously linked to the .xxx top-level domain application, has lost its ICANN accreditation for non-payment of fees.

The company, which is also known as NameSystem.com or ATECH, was founded by Jason Hendeles, who is also the founder of ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx.

ICANN has informed ATECH (pdf) that its accreditation will expire and not be renewed on July 12 because it has failed to pay $5,639 in ICANN fees.

ATECH was one of the second wave of competitive registrars to go live, applying for its ICANN accreditation all the way back in 1999. It currently has just a few thousand domains under management.

Hendeles, currently ICM’s vice president of strategic business development, was behind ICM’s original .xxx bid, filed in ICANN’s 2000 round of new TLD applications.

ICM was subsequently taken over by British businessman Stuart Lawley, its current chief executive.

I’m told ATECH was sold to Alok Prakash of Oregon a few years ago.

UPDATE 2010-07-14: ATECH has evidently coughed up, and has regained its accreditation.

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Comments (3)

  1. JOHN says:

    No, this is not the case. They are active.

  2. […] and was one of the early second wave of registrars to apply for ICANN accreditation in 1999. ATECH lost their ICANN accreditation on June 25, 2010 due to ATECH’s failure to pay its accreditation fees as far back as at least […]

  3. […] and was one of the early second wave of registrars to apply for ICANN accreditation in 1999. ATECH lost their ICANN accreditation on June 25, 2010 due to ATECH’s failure to pay its accreditation fees as far back as at least […]

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