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NSI PLAYING FAVORITES?
Posted 26 Feb 2001 11:12:16 UTC

Could it be that our friends at Network Solutions discriminate against some users while letting others get away with not paying their bills?

What do you suppose would happen if you didn't pay your annual fee to NSI for your domain name? Like many have already discovered, your domain would go poof and either lie fallow or be routing to someone else's location. It's only fair, after all. If you don't pay for the right to have your domain in NSI's database, it should be wiped.

Well, look what we discovered:

Registrant:
Bell Atlantic Corporation (BELLATLANTIC4-DOM)
   4242 Duke Street, Lower Level
   Alexandria, VA 22304
   US

   Domain Name: BELLATLANTIC.ORG

   Administrative Contact, Billing Contact:
      Sandilos, Tulla (TS8113) svcmgr@BELLATLANTIC.COM
      Bell Atlantic Corporation
      6S3 1717 Arch Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19103
      215-466-3982 (FAX) 215-567-0652
   Technical Contact:
      Administrator, Internet DNS (JC15245) opsmgr@BELLATLANTIC.COM
      Verizon
      Arch Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19103
      1-800-621-9900 (FAX) 215-567-0652

   Record last updated on 08-Aug-2000.
   Record expires on 17-Jun-2000.
   Record created on 16-Jun-1997.
   Database last updated on 25-Feb-2001 19:35:33 EST.

   Domain servers in listed order:

   NS1.BELLATLANTIC.COM 198.23.5.148
   NS2.BELLATLANTIC.COM 198.23.18.11

The same thing had happened to bellatlantic.net recently but apparently that one was paid since the expiration date is now 2004.

We don't expect to ever get an answer on this but thought it was interesting enough to make note of.

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