Parava Networks and DropLimited.com get the boot.
It’s all over for Parava Networks, a domain name registrar that manages valuable domain names such as Marc Ostrofsky’s MutualFunds.com.
Yesterday ICANN sent a termination notice (pdf) to Parava, notifying the registrar that it is losing its accreditation. Parava received a breach notice in February for failing to pay its fees, not escrowing whois data, and not taking steps to correct invalid whois information.
Parava’s 36,000 domain names are now up for grabs to another accredited domain name registrar. ICANN says it has procured the whois information for the domain names, which should ensure a smooth transfer. Nevertheless, I’d be concerned if I had domain names such as Consulting.com held there.
ICANN also terminated its contract with DropLimited.com of Louisiana. DropLimited.com received a breach notice on February 4 for failing to escrow its whois information.
Most whois data for popular top level domain names such as .com is held by the registrar, not the registry (VeriSign). So terminating a registrar that isn’t properly escrowing its whois data means some domain names may be at risk.