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NTIA Revokes NeuStar Private .US Domain Registrations

The other day I went crazy and registered a ton of new domains and I wanted some that ended in “.us” but I was dismayed to find out from my domain registrar, Network Solutions, that “.us” domain names could not be protected via private registration. When I asked NetSol why they refused to privatize “.us” domains contact information, I was surprised to receive this reply:

Please note that the Private Registration service is not available for .US domain name registrations due to a dramatic change in the .US policy:

The United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has recently completed its review of anonymous domain registration services by .US Accredited Registrars. At the conclusion of this review, NTIA directed NeuStar to phase out the offering of such services by Registrars or by any of its partners or resellers … [emphasis added]”

While we do not agree with this mandate, Network Solutions will comply and no longer offer the Private Registration service for .US domain name registrations. This policy is in effect immediately and applies only to .US domain name registrations.

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Would You Take $10,000?

If you were offered $10,000 for a Dot Com domain you owned and operated for almost a decade, would you take the money? I was in that situation a couple of weeks ago. The first offer was $4,000 and the final offer was $10,000. In the end, I turned down the $10,000. The URL of the site in question,, is home to one of the first online magazines run entirely for, and by, new writers looking to get their first publication and for established writers who seek to write their bliss for no profit.

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