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California AG backs down on document requests — for now

Attorney general had already narrowed the initial scope before ICANN published letter. On January 30, ICANN published a letter from the California Attorney General that asked ICANN to answer 35 questions relating to pricing practices and the transaction to sell .org to Ethos Capital. Oddly, ICANN waited until last Friday, February 7, to publish a […]

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Breaking: California Attorney General delays .org sale

Office that oversees California non-profits demands extensive documentation. The California Attorney general has likely delayed approval of the .org sale to Ethos Capital by two months, if not more, after demanding extensive documentation from ICANN. The office supervises charitable organizations in California, where ICANN is based. In a letter to ICANN (pdf), the attorney general […]

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What you really need to know about the sale of .Org to private equity

Let’s cut through the clutter and falsehoods. A lot has been said and written about Internet Society’s (ISOC) sale of Public Interest Registry, the group that runs .org, to Ethos Capital. Some of it is true, some of it is false, and some of it is up to interpretation. This goes both ways; ISOC and […]

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.Org updates: deadline extended, state regulators ask for time to weigh in

Deal delayed another 30 days as ICANN works through deal blowback. ICANN and Public Interest Registry have mutually agreed to extend the time that ICANN has to review Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) answers to its questions about the sale of .org to Ethos Capital by 30 days. ICANN also says that it will be asking […]

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6 lawmakers urge ICANN to reject .Org sale

Warren, Wyden formally ask ICANN to reject sale. Six U.S. lawmakers have asked (pdf) ICANN to reject the sale of .Org to Ethos Capital, a private equity company. The lawmakers include presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, Rony Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Mark Pocan. In a letter to ICANN, they provide a litany […]

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Vint Cerf and Mike Godwin follow bad talking points for .Org deal

Pricing and investment arguments are wrong. Ethos Capital and Internet Society are working overtime to spin the deal to sell .org for $1.35 billion as a good thing. There are certainly some good things about it, but I cringe when I read certain talking points. One is around pricing. Yesterday, from ISOC board member Mike […]

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My thoughts on .Org

ICANN made it possible for this transaction to happen. There’s only so much the internet community can do now. It has been two months since Internet Society (ISOC) announced that it was selling Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital. There have been many revelations since then, including that […]

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Top Stories: Private equity company acquires .Org

Ethos Capital acquires .org for $1.135 billion. The biggest shock to many people in the domain industry in 2019 was Ethos Capital acquiring the .org registry contract from Internet Society for $1.135 billion. The deal was announced soon after ICANN removed price caps on .org domains, meaning that Ethos can charge whatever it wants when […]

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4 U.S. lawmakers question .Org sale

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren among those concerned about sales of .org registry. Three U.S. Senators and a U.S. Representative have sent a letter to Ethos Capital, Internet Society and Public Interest Registry questioning the decision to sell .org to Ethos. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with Rep. Anna […]

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