Yesterday (Feb 18), I got a call from a partner we work with who does IT/LAN management. He’s got a new client who is getting an Exchange server and wants a domain name for their email. He passed along the specific name they want and asked for a quote.
I checked, and TUCOWS (the registrar that we resell for domain registrations) says the name is taken, so I told him that and gave him some alternatives.
This morning he comes back and says “No, it’s available. I just checked”.
It didn’t take long to figure out what happened: He did a check through Network Solutions yesterday and they immediately registered the name and are continuing to show it as available today. Nobody but them can register the name now. Here’s the WHOIS for it as of this morning (from the registry):
Domain Name: [some_name_here].COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS1.RESERVEDDOMAINNAME.COM
Name Server: NS2.RESERVEDDOMAINNAME.COM
Updated Date: 18-feb-2008
Creation Date: 18-feb-2008
Expiration Date: 18-feb-2009
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: SCUMBAGS! Yet another dirty trick from Network Solutions. I wonder if ICANN knows about this (or would do anything about it even if they did).