Last-minute rescues as DNS death list settled

Some last-minute rescues were made this week as the ISOCNZ Registry finalised the list of Internet domain names to be cancelled - but some big corporate names and useful 'generics' are among the 767 left on the list.

Some last-minute rescues were made this week as the ISOCNZ Registry finalised the list of Internet domain names to be cancelled - but some big corporate names and useful "generics" are among the 767 left on the list.

The domain name compaq.co.nz was still on the list as of the official deadline on Monday, but by Wednesday had re-appeared in the Registry Website's "registrations in progress" section. The potentially valuable smartcard.co.nz was also rescued after the official deadline by its owner, Electronic Ticketing Systems of Glenfield. And the Web Designers Association's wdnz.org.nz was similarly saved from an embarrassing fate.

Among the generic names on the list are software.co.nz, music.co.nz, news-media.co.nz, forex.co.nz, land.co.nz and software.co.nz. Major company names include heinz-wattie.co.nz, stlukes-group.co.nz, heritage-realty.co.nz, letraset.co.nz and kmart.co.nz. Among names apparently asociated with IT companies, amdahlnz.co.nz and continuum.co.nz were most prominent.

The names are those whose owners have not re-registered them in the year since the Internet Society took over management of the New Zealand DNS, and have either ignored or been unaware of repeated efforts to contact them.

Registry spokesman Patrick O’Brien says the flow this week shifted from re-registrations to a late surge of cancellations of unwanted names. Most prominent among these is the block of 18 names registered last year by the Blue Star Group, apparently as a defensive measure against name speculators. These appear to have been cancelled after the official June 30 deadline.

The remaining names will be cancelled on July 13, and will become available on a first-come, first-served basis after a further 60-day waiting period, during which the original owners will be able to register them at the cost of a $96.75.

Should they fail to do so, some of the names will certainly be snapped up. O’Brien started getting email enquiries about the availability of names on the list as far back as April.

The outstanding names now represent fewer than 10% of the total registered before July last year, when ISOCNZ took over management of the DNS.

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