.NU Domain Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy For Spamming, Blasts Network Solutions for its Pro-Spam Policies

.NU Domain Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy For Spamming, Blasts Network Solutions for its Pro-Spam Policies

Fastest Growing Top Level Domain Vows to Revoke Domain Names of Spammers

Alofi, Niue, Polynesia, April 6, 1998 – The .NU Domain, the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) name on the Internet, today announced a Zero-Tolerance Policy for spamming, that includes instant ISP source location on any spammers and the revoking of domain names for customers who spam. Unlike the ubiquitous .com domain, which provides easy access for spam abusers, the .NU Domain has instituted an aggressive antispamming policy and will not tolerate spamming with its domain names.

J. William Semich, president of the .NU Domain called on Network Solutions Inc. (NSI), the sole registrar for the .com, .net and .org domains, to take speedy action to implement its own antispam policies, and to require payment in advance for all domain name registrations. Currently Network Solutions has no such antispam policy for revoking domain names registered under .com, .net or .org.

“The biggest spammers and the grossest abusers all use .com and .net because they can register anonymously, never have to pay anything to set up shop, and can easily register another name at no cost once their previous domain name has been listed in the Internet’s spam filters,” Semich said

“If NSI had taken a strong stand against spam three years ago, the problem likely wouldn’t exist today,” Semich continued.

When registering a .com domain name there is effectively no verification requirement by NSI for a valid user name, email address or other contact information. In practice, NSI also permits users of its domains to enter invalid name server information and, as part of its registration process, gives spammers a permanent domain name address on the Internet by permanently registering name server host names into the Internet’s Root Server system. NSI also still does not require its customers to pay in advance for a registration, which would at least assure entry of some kind of valid payment or credit card information with the registration. Since there is no way for Internet users who have been spammed to track the true owner of such a domain name, it is easy for spammers to use the .com domain to propagate bulk email and other spam anonymously.

As part of its antispam policy, the .NU Domain offers users who have been spammed instant access to the spammer’s ISP information despite any domain name cloaking efforts by the spammer. An online real-time search engine at the .NU web site (http://www.nunames.nu) provides a surefire mechanism to locate the spammer, identify its ISP, and validate the spammer’s email address. If any of this required information is revealed to be invalid or false, the domain name is revoked. Even if all the information is correct, spammers who use the .NU domain for sending or receiving a response to spam or for a spam-focused Web hosting service, will also loose their right to a .NU Domain name.

The .NU Domain’s Zero-Tolerance Policy has already been tested and implemented. The domain name e-marketing.nu was revoked by the .NU Domain for serving as Web host, email service and domain name server for several spam sites. The .NU domain names that have been revoked due to spam are put on indefinite hold, making it impossible for the spammer to just re-register the domain name under another user name.

Additionally, the .NU Domain’s .NU Shared Registry, the Internet’s first active International TLD Shared Registry, has implemented an antispamming policy, that prohibits its partners from using spam to promote services. Partners must also agree to abide by the .NU Domain’s overall antispam policies as well.

About The .NU Domain Ltd The .NU Domain is the fastest growing Top Level Domain on the Internet. With technical support and offices in the US and in the Island of Niue, it has registered over 9,800 domain names since becoming active on the Internet’s root servers just a few months ago. The .NU Domain offers a robust but low-cost alternative to the .com domain name in an international model which targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

In January, the .NU Domain announced availability of the .NU Shared Registry, the Internet’s first active International TLD Shared Registry. The .NU Shared Registry now has over 30 partners world wide.

The .NU Domain also offers the .NU InstantWeb Service which provides a complete Web package, including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and e-mail forwarding capabilities for $49.95. The .NU InstantWeb Forwarding service offers a simple distinguishable .NU Domain name to the millions of AOL, GeoCities and other customers who have unrecognizable Web site names. You can visit The .NU Domain on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

The .NU Domain Breaks The Price Barrier For Complete Web Presence

The .NU Domain Breaks The Price Barrier For Complete Web Presence

.NU InstantWeb Service for $49.95 Provides Complete Web Package, Including .NU Domain Name, Web Hosting or Web Forwarding and E-Mail Forwarding Capabilities

New York, New York, December 9, 1997 – Fall Internet World – The .NU Domain announced today at Fall Internet World the availability of the .NU InstantWeb, a $49.95 per year Web presence package which includes registration of a .NU Domain name, Web hosting or Web forwarding and e-mail forwarding. The .NU InstantWeb is the first low cost way for Internet businesses and users to get an easy-to-remember domain name and Web site, enabling businesses to build brand identity on the Internet and giving end users a quick and simple way to get a Web site and domain name up and running instantly and securely.

The .NU InstantWeb’s break through price of $49.95 is significantly lower than other offerings, where users must pay $100 to register a .com domain name and then between $29.95 to $49.95 per month for the Web hosting, Domain Name Server (DNS), and e-mail capabilities.

“Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) businesses are the fastest growing market on the Internet and many of these business are unable to get a short and meaningful .com domain name,” said Stafford Guest, administrative manager at the .NU Domain. “Additionally they may not have the technical or human resources to internally handle Web services.” With the .NU Domain’s wide-open name availability, .NU InstantWeb services give SOHO businesses literally the domain name they want, with Web hosting or forwarding services at a very low price, so they can implement Internet marketing and e-commerce programs, while concentrating on their core business.

The .NU InstantWeb services also make sense for anyone who wants to communicate a personal or public message on the Web, including game scores or schedules for children’s sports teams, birth announcements, community fundraising projects, wedding announcements or family reunions.

.NU InstantWeb Hosting

The .NU InstantWeb Hosting service offers both Web novices and developers of new Web sites a combination of their own recognizable .NU Domain name with low cost Web hosting services. The .NU InstantWeb Hosting service includes: a home page that can be easily designed by any user, one year registration of the .NU Domain name, virtual hosting of www.yourdomain.nu, e-mail forwarding to a user’s HotMail, AOL or any other e-mail account, and primary and secondary name servers, all for a low $49.95 per year. The service also includes an upgrade path to a developer-class web site with 50M bytes of storage, MS-Frontpage extensions and SSL support.

.NU InstantWeb Forwarding

The .NU InstantWeb Forwarding service offers a simple recognizable .NU Domain name to the millions of AOL, GeoCities and other customers who have Web sites that may be buried in an endlessly long meaningless domain name with a litany of tildes and slashes. Now, users can register a .NU Domain name and use that simple .NU name as the URL for any existing Web site at AOL, GeoCities or anywhere else. The .NU InstantWeb Forwarding service includes: registration of a .NU Domain name, Web URL for forwarding to any Web site, e-mail forwarding to a user’s HotMail, AOL or any other e-mail account, and primary and secondary name servers, for just $49.95.

Pricing and Availability All .NU InstantWeb services are available immediately. The .NU InstantWeb Hosting service is priced at a low $49.95 per year. The .NU InstantWeb Forwarding service is also priced at a low $49.95. Both the .NU InstantWeb Hosting and .NU InstantWeb Forwarding services include .NU Domain name registration, e-mail forwarding capabilities and two Domain Name Servers (DNS). Current .NU Domain users can upgrade to the service for $24.95 plus a one time $10 modification fee.

About The .NU Domain The .NU Domain is managed by the Internet Users Society – Niue, and the Savage Island Network in Niue, with cooperation from the government of Niue. Key players in launching the .NU Domain include J. William Semich, technical manager in the US, Stafford Guest, administrative manager in Niue and Richard St. Clair, founder of the Savage Island Network in Niue and the primary force behind bringing the Internet to Niue. Semich is also an editor at Mecklermedia Corp.’s Internet newspaper Web Week. St. Clair is also a Peace Corp volunteer who managers the Niue government’s computing systems. Guest is also the editor and publisher of the Niue Economic Review and is the Niue correspondent for New Zealand International Radio.

The .NU Domain offers a robust but low cost alternative to the .com domain name in an international model which targets end users and the small office home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process.

The .NU Domain is an all-new approach to Internet domain name registration services. Its primary name server, ns.nic.nu, is located at a three-way multi-homed, high-bandwidth, fault tolerant 45 Mbps Internet access point in the US; it is backed by seven powerful secondary name servers located throughout the world to give its users fast international DNS lookup capability no matter where they are located. DNS support for the .NU Domain is provided by the established Internet authority Acme Byte & Wire, which was founded and is managed by internationally recognized DNS and domain name security experts, Cricket Liu and Matt Larson.

Current .NU registered customers are located in more than a dozen counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US. To access the .NU Domain name registration service please visit our web site at www.nunames.nu.

New Internet Domain Name, “.NU,” Now Available for Everyone Worldwide

New Internet Domain Name, “.NU,” Now Available for Everyone Worldwide

New Domain Name With Wide-Open Name Availability, Fast, Simple Registration Process, and Low $25 Registration Fee Now Active

Alofi, Niue, Polynesia, November 10, 1997 – The .NU Domain today announced an all-new Internet domain name, .NU, which offers a simple name registration process, instant online name assignment, a low $25 registration fee and less-than-twenty-four hour activation of newly-registered .NU domain names across the Internet’s root name servers. Unlike the depleted .com domain, with more than 1 million names already used up, the .NU Domain is an all new domain name, with wide-open availability of just about any name a new Internet user might want. The number of computers directly connected to the Internet has increased by 500% over the past three years, up from 3.2 million in 1994 to about 20 million now. More recently, the number of businesses and individuals creating Web sites has also been growing steadily, (rising by 250% in just the first six months of this year). “When you consider there can only be one “doctor.com” or just one “business.com”, it’s no surprise Internet users are clamoring for a new Top Level Domain name to register under,” said J. William Semich, technical manager of the .NU Domain. Figuring out how to register a domain name has also been a daunting task for many users who are new to the Internet, especially those outside the US where several constraints and high costs limit the availability of unique domain names. “With the .NU Domain, Internet users can have their first choice of a domain name once again, and can couple it with a cool “NU” domain name,” said Richard St. Clair, manager of the Savage Island Network, the ISP for the island-nation of Niue (pronounced “new-way”). Niue is the South Pacific source of the .NU country code for the .NU Domain.

Recent registration activity at the .NU Domain shows strong pent-up demand for a fresh, new alternative to the .com domain name. “International interest is particularly high, with about half of all .NU registrations coming from throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, France, Singapore, the Canary Islands, Australia and the Philippines, as well as from the US,” said Stafford Guest, administrative manager of the .NU Domain in Niue.

NU Internet Suffix for the Country of NIUE

In addition to the popular .com, .net and .org Top Level Domains (TLDs), Internet regulations allow for the creation of more than 200 other TLDs based on the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) two-letter abbreviations or country codes for national entities. These are the same codes used by the International Postal Service to indicate a country’s mailing address such as France (FR), Italy (IT) and Germany (DE). .NU is the Country Code TLD for the South Pacific island-nation of Niue and was just recently delegated and activated for use on the Internet. Other Country Code Domains include .UK in Great Britain, .SE in Sweden and .JP in Japan. Because Niue is a little-known country, unlike Japan or the United Kingdom, for example, its Country Code domain name carries little national identity outside its borders. It is therefor expected it will become popular not only because of its affiliation with a Polynesian island paradise, but also because of its “newness”. Examples of .NU Domain names registered for the “new” meaning include “www.really.nu“, “www.its.nu“, “www.internet.nu” and “www.so.nu.”

In addition, the word “nu” means “now” in Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Dutch) and several hundred Scandinavian users have already rushed to register names like “www.peace.nu“, “www.surfa.nu” and “www.musik.nu.”

End Users and SOHO Are Key Target Market

Several corporations have already registered .NU Domain names as secondary URLs, including dell.nu, natman.nu and scania.nu. However, the .NU Domain is principally targeting end users and the small office/home office market who are looking for a unique Internet domain name that is quick and easy to register at a low cost.

DNS Server Architecture

The .NU Domain represents an all-new approach to Internet domain name registration services. Its primary name server, ns.nic.nu, is located at a three-way multi-homed, high-bandwidth, fault tolerant 45 Mbps Internet access point in the US; it is backed by seven powerful secondary name servers located throughout the world to give its users fast international DNS lookup capability no matter where they are located. The primary name server for the .NU Domain is located at a commercial Internet access point in Boston, MA with connections to the Internet’s US backbone jointly provided by GTE Internetworking, Sprint, and UUNet. Secondary name servers are located at principal international Internet access hubs in Europe (provided by INRIA in France, the registrar for the .FR domain, by SUNET in Sweden, the registrar for the .SE domain and by EU.Net in Holland, a pan-European Internet service), in the Asia-Pacific region (provided by Telstra, the Telecom provider and primary Internet backbone service for Australia as well as for several South East Asian nations, and by the University of Wakaito in New Zealand, the registrar for the .NZ domain), by Internet Africa in South Africa, as well as by UUNet in the US, Europe and Asia.

Pricing and Availability

The initial .NU registration fee is a low $25, with an annual renewal fee of $25. The .NU Domain is now active and is accepting registrations from Internet users throughout the world. In contrast, Network Solutions Inc. charges $100 to register a .com domain name, and $50 per year after the first two years.

About The .NU Domain

The .NU Domain is managed by the Internet Users Society – Niue, and the Savage Island Network in Niue, with cooperation from the government of Niue. Key players in launching the .NU Domain include J. William Semich, technical manager in the US, Stafford Guest, administrative manager in Niue and Richard St. Clair, founder of the Savage Island Network in Niue and the primary force behind bringing the Internet to Niue. Semich is also an editor at Mecklermedia Corp’s Internet newspaper, Web Week. St. Clair is also a Peace Corp. volunteer who managers Niue’s government computing systems. Guest is also the editor and publisher of the Niue Economic Review and is the Niue correspondent for New Zealand International Radio.

The .NU Domain offers a robust but low-cost alternative to the .com domain name in an international model which targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. Current .NU registered customers are located in more than a dozen counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US. To access the .NU registration service please visit our web site at www.nunames.NU. Samples of Web pages developed by .NU Domain customers include www.investor.nu, www.tv.nu and www.internet.nu. For additional .NU URLs, see www.webs.nu.