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Username: dtobias
Date/Time: Wed, October 3, 2001 at 1:31 AM GMT
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Subject: Quote from Afilias press release...


On the site:

.INFO, the Internet's first unrestricted top-level domain since .COM, is the first of the seven new top-level domains (TLD) to begin live, real-time processing of domain names. The .INFO registration process is faster than the .COM registration process. Users can see their domain name in Afilias' .INFO WHOIS database immediately, and have their new .INFO Web site functioning within minutes. Typically this process takes about 24 hours for a .COM registration.

OK... .NET and .ORG went unrestricted later than .COM (all three originally had restrictions, but Network Solutions dropped the ball on them in the late '90s); .INFO may have been the first to begin live, real-time processing, but it's also the first to suspend its live, real-time processing due to technical problems.  The .INFO registration process, so far, has been much slower and less reliable than .COM, you often can't see your registrations in the database for an indefinite length of time (some landrush registrations never made it, apparently), and most registrars have yet to get around to enabling any of the successfully-registered .INFO names so that the registrants can actually use them.  But otherwise, I guess this release is about right... :)


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