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RegisterFly update: March 13, 2007

This shows the number of domains transferred away from for the dates of March 9, 10, 11, 2007.

The numbers were:

Date No. domains transferred
March 9 1,114
March 10 707
March 11 345

ICANN has not received numbers for March 12.

This demonstrates that transfers are occurring, but the number is possibly small in comparison to the total number of registrants who may wish to transfer. ICANN staff also spoke to Kevin Medina from RegisterFly today.

ICANN has received many complaints about RegisterFly accepting payments via credit card and funds being deducted, the account credited, but no registration taking place. ICANN made it clear that this was to stop. RegisterFly agreed to cease this activity.

It was agreed that ICANN and RegisterFly would have a further discussion on March 14, 2007.


    Domain Name System
    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."