I know I’m not the first person to grumble about Network Solutions and be upset that they continue to have a government-endorsed monopoly in their ownership of the domain registry database, but the latest wave from them is really something. I still have two domains registered directly with them, and as a result, I occasionally get email from them. Today’s missive:
“ICANN requires domain name
registration customers to keep their WHOIS contact information
current. ICANN mandates that outdated contact information can
be grounds for domain name cancellation. To comply with this requirement, we periodically request that customers verify, and if necessary, update their account records.”
Seems fair and reasonable, right? Well, other than the fact that there’s the threat of outdated contact information being grounds for losing a domain name without any definition of what ‘outdated’ means. Is that information that hasn’t been updated in 12 months? 6? A physical mailing address that bounces?
Well, you read on a bit and see the footer information, that includes:
“If you do not wish to receive e-mail promotions from Network Solutions, click here:
So what is this? A promotion? A way for them to force me to see their upsell adverts so that I don’t “lose my domain for out-of-date contact information”?