Deal reached on Net naming

Deal reached on Net naming

The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, the government's designated heir as Internet overseer, approved a set of agreements between the Commerce Department and Network Solutions Inc. of Herndon, Va., at its first meeting in Los Angeles this month. ICANN plans to hold such meetings annually.

The deal guarantees Network Solutions a continuing role in domain registration and encourages the company to split off its registry database operation or its registration business.

Since 1993, Network Solutions has been the exclusive registrar for the .com, .org and .net domains under an agreement with Commerce. The government, in moving to commercialize the Internet and make registration competitive, named ICANN as administrator, but it has taken a year for the agreements to be worked out.

Network Solutions will continue to operate the registry database of domain names for four years.

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