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10|04|2008 09:14 pm EDT

Verisign Acquires .Name TLD

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

Verisign has closed a deal to acquire Global Name Registry, the London-based company that runs the .name registry. This move adds to Verisign’s control over the domain industry, as the company already operates the registry for the .com, .net, .cc, and .tv domains while also running the DNS servers for .edu and .jobs.

Although the deal isn’t official, Verisign announced the move in an email to registrars. This email was obtained and posted on TechCrunch by Michael Arrington:

We are pleased to announce that VeriSign closed on an agreement to acquire Global Name Registry, Ltd., which includes management of the .name top level domain on October 1, 2008. We believe the addition of .name is a natural fit, as we have run the technical backend in support of .name for more than five years.

What does this mean for existing registrars?

Your interface to VeriSign for .name domain names will continue to operate as it has in the past with no changes.

We are currently assessing enhancements to the service offering that meet the needs of the registrar channel in servicing the consumer market. Please look for service notices in the coming weeks that will outline those changes and the steps you need to take advantage of those features.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service at

Very truly yours,

PJ Bolanos
Vice President, Global Customer Support
VeriSign, Inc.

Northzone Ventures and Verdane Capital also invested in the company, although the details of the transaction are not expected to be released.

[via TechCrunch]

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