ICANN just announced that the domain name registered at two de-accreditated registrars were being transferred to NamesBeyond.com.

The two registrars which were de-accreditated are Planet Online Corp’s and Name For Name, Inc.’s.

“ICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of* Planet Online Corp’s gTLD domain names to NamesBeyond.com (“NamesBeyond”) due to a compliance action taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of registrar Planet Online Corp.

“ICANN has also authorized the bulk transfer of*Name For Name, Inc.’s .com and .net names (which represent all gTLDs currently sponsored by Name For Name) to NamesBeyond as the result of the termination of Name For Name’s registry-registrar agreement with Verisign Inc.

“The affected gTLD registries are processing the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of Planet Online and Name For Name should soon receive notices from NamesBeyond of the transfer.”

“Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to NamesBeyond, using the contact details provided below. Additional information about these bulk transfers is provided below.”


Q. Why were these transfers authorized by ICANN?

A. Planet Online’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) was terminated by ICANN on 6 July 2012 because of Planet Online’s failure to comply with the requirements of the RAA. (The notice of termination is posted at http://www.icann.org/en/news/corresp...12jun12-en.pdf [PDF, 222 KB]) As a result, Planet Online is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations.

Name For Name’s Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) with Verisign to register .com and .net names was terminated by Verisign on 16 July 2012. Name For Name currently has only five gTLD registrations under management, all in com and net. ICANN has notified Name For Name that it is in breach of its RAA with ICANN, which will be terminated on 2 August 2012 if the breaches are not cured. (The notice of breach is posted at http://www.icann.org/en/news/corresp...12jul12-en.pdf [PDF, 250 KB].)

ICANN authorized these bulk transfers pursuant to the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy to ensure that the registrant-customers of these registrars would not be harmed by their registrars’ discontinued ability to manage the registrations.

Q. How was the gaining registrar selected?

A. ICANN followed its De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see http://www.icann.org/en/processes/re...re-01oct08.pdf [PDF, 119 KB]) to identify a gaining registrar for Planet Online. Through this competitive process, NamesBeyond was selected. Due to the small size of Name For Name (5 domain names) NamesBeyond was asked to also accept these names.

Q. Will NamesBeyond attempt to contact the affected registrants?