The biggest tech news of the week isn't at the Consumer Electronics Show. While bloggers and reporters attend the show, one of the most egregious abuses of public trust has become big news that has gone largely unreported. It's not Microsoft as the abuser, but registrar Network Solutions.
I'm so aghast, there are no words to properly describe my reaction to what Network Solutions apparently is doing. This morning, I tested what will be described in this post and can confirm what already appeared on DomainState. A search for a domain at Network Solutions makes it unavailable for registration through other registrars.
The domain-lock tactic is an obnoxious abuse of Network Solutions' position as a trusted registrar and former registrant monopoly. The action is self serving in the worst kind of way and should be reason for immediate ICANN sanctions against Network Solutions.
My colleague Steven J. Vaughan Nichols offers a concise chronology, including sites that first reported Network Solutions' shenanigans and more technical detail than I will go into here.
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