How Much is Network Solutions Charging for Dirtypool.com?
BY Renee Oricchio
If this story proves to be true (let's let the courts decide), then there is a special place in H-E-double toothpicks for those responsible.
A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Network Solutions and ICANN over something called "front running" domain registrations.
Here's the story in English.
Once upon a time Network Solutions was the only game in town selling domain names (i.e. www.thenameofyourwebsite.com). Several years ago, that nonsense was stopped and other private companies were allowed to get in on the game also selling domain names. Network Solutions likes to charge $35 a year. Other companies are known to charge less than $10 a year.
According to the lawsuit filed, Network Solutions (in collusion with ICANN, more on that in a moment) has allegedly been automatically buying up domain names the second a potential subscriber searches for the availability of a specific name. The person searching for the domain name gets a message that the site is unavailable, leaving them with the option to do without or go to Network Solutions and pay the $35 a year.
More allegations from the lawsuit; ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, what is supposed to be a highly trusted independent non-profit that is supposed to make sure everyone plays fair in the sandbox) is accused of being in collusion with Network Solutions.