DNS registration deal set

DNS registration deal set

Internet registrar Network Solutions Inc. last week reached an agreement with the Commerce Department to recognize the authority of the cash-starved Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers and pay it $1.25 million a year.

The agreement caps more than a year of negotiations between Commerce and the Herndon, Va., company, which has been running the Internet's Domain Name System under a government contract.

The government is turning over general Internet oversight to the nonprofit ICANN. But ICANN's scheme for competitive registration of addresses in the .com, .net and .org domains has been held up by disputes about use of Network Solutions' databases for directing Internet traffic.

Under the agreement, Network Solutions will charge competing registrars $6 per Internet address per year for use of its databases.

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