17 Jun '11, 11am

U.S. Antitrust: Halt Registrar-Registry Integration on Existing Top Level Domain Names

Department of Justice recommends disallowing integration on certain existing top level domain names. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has advised ICANN that it should halt its plans to allow some existing top level domain name registries to own registrars. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator Lawrence Strickling had asked the Department of Justice to review ICANN’s decision to allow registry-registrar integration on existing top level domain names. The Department of Justice believes (pdf ) that allowing cross-ownership on existing top level domain names that have price caps could be harmful. It recommends ICANN not allow this unless it determines that price caps no longer constrain the exercise of market power. It believes the removal of the ownership restriction would lead to substantial price increases for .co...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2011/06/17/u-s-antitrust-halt-r...

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