Who wants 1,440 domains? Good question.
When RegisterFly lost its ICANN accreditation, GoDaddy swooped in to take over the registration of RegisterFly clients’ domain names. It was a nice pickup for GoDaddy of nearly 1 million domain names.
So what happens when a small registrar with only 1,440 domain names under management loses its accreditation? That’s a good question, especially since a registrar has to endure a lot of trouble to get the domains.
ICANN is seeking “Expressions of Interest” from registrars to pick up the domain names managed by #1 Domain Names International, Inc. dba 1dni.com. To qualify, a registrar must complete a detailed request to ICANN including:
– Registrar experience, including number of registrations and customers managed;
– Availability of sufficient customer service staffing to timely respond to customer service requests during and shortly after the bulk transfer;
– Ability to communicate with customers in languages other than English;
– A list of the gTLDs in which accredited and operational;
– Experience with and knowledge of bulk-transfer procedures;
– Documentation of procedures to resolve potential disputes of domain name control or registration rights (in the event of contested ownership or inaccurate whois data);
– Experience as a customer-facing / “retail” registrar business;
– Experience with second-level IDNs in the com zone;
– Ability to provide ICANN with regular status reports.
That seems like a lot of work for 1,440 domains. We’ll see if ICANN’s new process for transferring domains from de-accredited registrars holds up when there’s little demand for the domains.
For its part, #1 Domain Names International’s web site still says it is an ICANN accredited registrar.
“We are small enough to be personal yet large enough to be a stable ICANN accredited registrar since 1999,” the company’s web site claims.
A search on DNForum shows a handful of complaints about the registrar, including difficulty transferring domain names out and receiving a domain renewal notice from the registrar when a domain was at a competing domain registrar.