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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Old net domain gets new owner
Internet Society homepage, ISOC
The new owner for the .org domain has been chosen.

A preliminary report which assessed competing bids for the .org domain has recommended that it be put into the care of the Internet Society.

This venerable organisation broadly defines how the net's basic technology and infrastructure develops.

The Internet Society has beaten off bids from 10 other contenders to win the recommendation.

Charity work

The bid by the society "stood out from the rest" said a statement from Icann, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers which oversees key parts of the net's addressing system.

The recommendation will only be binding after the public and other bidders have had chance to comment on it and the choice has been ratified by the board of the top net body.

The Internet Society is essentially a trade body with more than 6,000 individual and 150 organisational members.

Its members work on its specification bodies which include the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Architecture Board.

Its bid partner was Afilias which looks after the new .info domain.

The list of .org owners is currently looked after by Verisign which also runs the .com domain.

In a deal struck with Icann, Verisign got permission to look after the .com domain for an extended period in return for giving up control of .org and giving some cash to the domain's new owners.

Lucrative deal

The $5 million Verisign hands over could be a lifesaver for the Internet Society which has been struggling to find funds to keep going.

Cash from domain renewal fees and new .org registrations should ensure its survival. Currently there are more than 2.4m .org domains in use.

The .org domain will be handed over to its new owner on 1 January 2003.

Icann began the process of looking for a new owner for the .org domain began in April and received 11 bids from companies keen to take over.

Most bids came from established domain registrars many of whom signed up charities and non-profit organisations to tap expertise on working with voluntary organisations and to give their bids more credibility.

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