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Feedback Invited On New Domain Name Expiry Processes

Published February 22, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  is inviting feedback on proposed changes to how expired domain names are handled. 

The Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Policy Development Process Working Group has presented its Proposed Final Report, which contains fourteen  recommendations in relation to generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) such as .org, .net and .com domain names. 

Among the recommendations is a proposal to provide a minimum of 8 days after expiration when the registrant can renew the domain name and render the domain name inoperable during that time to act as a flag to the registrant.

Also recommended is that a domain registrar will be required to notify the registrant of the looming expiration at least twice and methods of notification must not require explicit action other than standard e-mail receipt. In a case where the registrant contact is associated with the expired domain name;  then another contact point must be used, where available.

ICANN and Registrars, in co-operation with other parties would also develop educational materials for registrants about domain name administration and loss prevention.

Some of the above recommendations may already be implemented by registrars, but the Policy will formalise the requirements

The public comment forum will be open until 7 April 2011. Access to the public comment forum and full details of the recommendations can be found here

Note: Australian domain names operate under their own set of expiry processes.

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