Network Solutions denies domain name front running

Following accusations of domain name front running, Network Solutions have denied any involvement in a statement released on Tuesday. Front running is the practice whereby an individual or a company registers a domain name immediately after a prospective buyer has conducted a Whois search to see if it is available. In their statement, Network Solutions claim the practice that triggered the accusation is an attempt to counteract front running.To counter the accusations, and following widespread criticism on a number of blogs, Network Solutions have advised they have implemented a security measure to protect their customers. Network Solutions’ statement says the measure will kick in when a customer searches for an available domain name at their website, but decides not to purchase the name immediately after conducting the search.The Network Solutions statement continues:
After the search ends, we will put the domain name on reserve. During this reservation period, the name is not active and we do not monetize the traffic on these domains. If a customer searches for the domain again during the next 4 days at, the domain will be available to register. If the domain name is not purchased within 4 days, it will be released back to the registry and will be generally available for registration.This protection measure provides our customers the opportunity to register domains they have previously searched without the fear that the name will be already taken through Front Running.You are correct that we are trying to take an arrow out of the quiver of the tasters. As you know, domain tasters are the largest Front Runners. Due to no fault of registrars, Front Runners purchase search data from Internet Service Providers and/or registries and then taste those names. Some folks may not agree with our approach, but we are trying to prevent this malicious activity from impacting our customers.

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