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Two registrars get stay of execution

Kevin Murphy, August 19, 2010, 10:34:06 (UTC), Domain Registrars

ICANN has given two registrars another year of accreditation, after previously threatening to terminate their contracts for non-payment of fees.

Abansys & Hostytec and Namehouse, two small registrars, have had the terms of their registrar accreditation agreements extended to August 15, 2011 and July 6, 2011, respectively.

In June, ICANN had told both companies they would be de-accredited on July 1, 2010. Together, the two firms owed almost $20,000 in unpaid fees.

Yesterday, a small note appeared on ICANN’s compliance page:

18 August 2010: Abansys & Hostytec, S.L. RAA effective date extended to 15 August 2011.
18 August 2010: Namehouse, Inc. RAA effective date extended to 6 July 2011.

It’s not entirely clear to me whether this means the registrars have paid up or not. Unlike previous occasions, there’s no mention of whether the companies “cured all outstanding contract breaches”.

According to DotAndCo.net, neither registrar has any domains under management in the gTLDs, although Abansys & Hostytec claims to run over 100,000 domains.

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Comments (3)

  1. Michele says:

    DotandCo is a wonderful resource, but it’s not as accurate as it could be.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Possibly.

      In this case, I believe its numbers are accurate. ICANN’s compliance letters note that neither company has any active domains.

      • It is.

        Abansys through accredited on paper for many years, still resells from its original registrar and manages domains there.

        Strangely, the NameHouse website doesn’t seem to resolve.

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