As a result of the de-accreditation of registrar Simply Named Inc., ICANN initiated a process to identify a gaining registrar to receive Simply Named’s gTLD names. In accordance with ICANN’s De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see icann.org/en/processes/registrars/de-accredited-registrar-transition-procedure-01oct08.pdf), on 17 August 2009, ICANN initiated a Request for Statements of Interest (RFI) from registrars interested in receiving the names.
ICANN received 9 statements of interest from registrars in response to the RFI. Through the procedure, ICANN selected Dinahosting S.L. to receive the bulk transfer from Simply Named.
The gTLD registries that have registered Simply Named names have taken steps to effect the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of Simply Named should soon receive notices of the transfer from Dinahosting. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to Dinahosting. Contact information is provided below.
Q. Why was this transfer authorized by ICANN?
A. Simply Named’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) expired and Simply Named was not eligible for renewal due to RAA compliance issues. (The notice of non-renewal is posted at icann.org/correspondence/burnette-to-pearcy-30jul09-en.pdf.) As a result, Simply Named is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations. ICANN initiated this process to identify a new ICANN-accredited registrar to manage the registrations formerly managed by Simply Named.
Q. Will Dinahosting attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should current/former Simply Named customers do?
A. Former customers of Simply Named should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from Dinahosting. Affected customers who do not receive notices from Dinahosting should contact Dinahosting directly, at:
Q. Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?
A. No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact Dinahosting if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.
Q. Why do former Simply Named customers need to contact Dinahosting?
A. Simply Named did not forward billing information to Dinahosting. Accordingly, all registrants must provide updated billing information or transfer their names to other registrars.
Q. What if former Simply Named customers want to use a different registrar?
A. Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that Dinahosting may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at Dinahosting’s discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, and is intended to help protect registrants. Names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to Dinahosting should be renewed by the registrant by contacting Dinahosting at:
Q. How will Simply Named customers know if a message purportedly from Dinahosting is legitimate?
A. The message from Dinahosting should direct you to their website hosted at www.dinahosting.com or refer you to other contact information provided above. If you believe a message purportedly from Dinahosting is not legitimate, you should navigate to their web page directly, at www.dinahosting.com. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html).
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