worldnic

I must not be on enough or the right lists...but what's the deal with
worldnic.com? I'd not heard anything about it until today. I tried to
move a domain (a .org domain) for a customer today, and got the following
reply from domreg@internic.net:

Thank you for contacting Network Solutions, Inc., InterNIC
Registration Services.

The domain name you are attempting to update was registered
through WorldNIC Services and should be updated via the following
URL:

                http://www.worldnic.com

I got one of those two last night.

I wouldn't consider it half as atrocious as it is, though, if it was
actually possible to find information about what exactly this worldnic
thing is and does on the web site!

This looks like Network Solutions taking advantage of its position as
controller of the big three commercially used TLDs to find new ways to dip
their fingers into another part of the pie...perhaps in anticipation of
losing their monopoly on domain registrations.

Since they are charging $119, which is move than the InterNIC fee, that
must be how they 'legalize' it. The normal fee goes to Internic, and
Worldnic keeps the rest. (And it's not supposed to matter in some
fictitious world that Worldnic and Internic are both Netsol)

-Phil

Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 09:32:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: Phillip Vandry <vandry@Mlink.NET>
Subject: Re: worldnic
To: Jon Lewis <jlewis@inorganic5.fdt.net>
Cc: nanog@merit.edu

> I must not be on enough or the right lists...but what's the deal with
> worldnic.com? I'd not heard anything about it until today. I tried to move
> a domain (a .org domain) for a customer today, and got the following reply
> from domreg@internic.net:
>
> Thank you for contacting Network Solutions, Inc., InterNIC
> Registration Services.
>
> The domain name you are attempting to update was registered
> through WorldNIC Services and should be updated via the following
> URL:
>
> http://www.worldnic.com

Interesting. www.internic.com is a rip off company in Australia changing $200
to register a name. They send $100 to NSI and keep the other $100. I had
a client do this and saw a badly messed up registration record (wrong DNS
server and POCs) and fixed them. Then NIS billed for the $100 which had
already been sent to Australia. Since my client was a lawyer, a couple of
letters got $199 back! This looks like someone else doing the same thing.

I got one of those two last night.

I wouldn't consider it half as atrocious as it is, though, if it was
actually possible to find information about what exactly this worldnic
thing is and does on the web site!

> This looks like Network Solutions taking advantage of its position as
> controller of the big three commercially used TLDs to find new ways to dip
> their fingers into another part of the pie...perhaps in anticipation of
> losing their monopoly on domain registrations.

Since they are charging $119, which is move than the InterNIC fee, that
must be how they 'legalize' it. The normal fee goes to Internic, and
Worldnic keeps the rest. (And it's not supposed to matter in some
fictitious world that Worldnic and Internic are both Netsol)

-Phil

Dave Nordlund d-nordlund@ukans.edu
University of Kansas 785/864-0450
Computing Services FAX 913/864-0485
Lawrence, KS 66045 KANREN