2Day leads push for new deal at Isocnz

A push for a competitive market in domain name registration has been launched ahead of the Isocnz AGM on June 23.

A push for a competitive market in domain name registration has been launched ahead of the Isocnz AGM on June 23.

Peter Mott, managing director of 2Day Internet, has emailed his company's thousands of customers inviting them to visit a Web page offering Isocnz membership and proxy voting forms for the AGM.

2Day says proxies sign over to it will be cast in favour of "any motion that supports the introduction of a competitive .nz registry" and "the election of councillors who are committed to a competitive .nz registry."

Ten council places are up for re-election at the AGM.

The revised version of the Isocnz working group report on the domain name system is due for delivery later this week. The original report recommended a move to a shared registry system, in which Domainz lost is monopoly as a commercial registrar, but it is being rewritten, with its conclusions deleted, on instruction of the Isocnz council.

Meanwhile a release from Domainz yesterday declared the new Domainz Registry System to be "now up and running well after unforeseen issues arose with its introduction over the past month."

Domainz CEO Patrick O’Brien says Domainz anticipated there would be issues with the introduction of such a complex system but it was impossible to predict exactly where these would occur.

“We did trial the system with Internet Service Providers before it was launched, and we were hopeful that would identify problems, but inevitably not everything was detected before time.”

O’Brien says a “particularly difficult to trace database issue” affected the system for the first few weeks of operation.

“This was finally nailed and fixed on 30 May and since then the Domain Registry System (DRS) has worked at the high level of performance we originally expected. All name holder ID and passwords have now been emailed out.”

He says Domainz has also apologised to users for a fault which meant the system was unable to provide email notification to some name server managers involved in name transfer.

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