a peek at their web page indicates they are *not* related to ISI. i am
not aware of anything that would give them the right to charge for .us
registration. sounds like a big scam to me.

I just received a fishy call from a guy a Bottom line is they want
to bill for .US domain registrations and give us a kickback for the .US
subdomains that we host.

I just received an US domain template from for a 3rd level domain
that we delegate for. So, I called the listed contact and asked him if the
Name Consortium was charging him for the registration. He said they were
charging him "something like $10". I let him know it was really free (he
didn't know that) and pointed him to the ISI page.

Hey ISI/IANA, you might want to take a look at these characters.