VeriSign Acquires .Name

VeriSign logoVeriSign has advised registrars it has closed an agreement to acquire Global Name Registry, Ltd. The email to registrars says this include management of the .name TLD as of October 1, 2008. There are obviously synergies to be gained here and VeriSign has run the technical backend in support of .name for more than five years.

At the moment there will be no changes to the registration of .name domain names, but VeriSign are assessing enhancements to the service offering that meet the needs of the registrar channel in servicing the consumer market.

TechCrunch notes that this takeover is not such great news as even as the number and type of domain names continues to expand , the number of companies that control all these assets dwindles.

The TechCrunch story is available here.

The email to registrars is as follows:
We are pleased to announce that VeriSign closed on an agreement to acquire Global Name Registry, Ltd., which includes management of the .name top level domain on October 1, 2008. We believe the addition of .name is a natural fit, as we have run the technical backend in support of .name for more than five years.

What does this mean for existing registrars?

Your interface to VeriSign for .name domain names will continue to operate as it has in the past with no changes.

We are currently assessing enhancements to the service offering that meet the needs of the registrar channel in servicing the consumer market. Please look for service notices in the coming weeks that will outline those changes and the steps you need to take advantage of those features.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service at info@verisign-grs.com.

Very truly yours,
PJ Bolanos
Vice President, Global Customer Support
VeriSign, Inc.