VeriSign Spanked Into Line by ICANN

By Deane Barker on October 3, 2003

VeriSign to Halt New Service as Demanded: VeriSign’s clumsy attempt to abuse its monopoly will unceremoniously end.

“Web address provider VeriSign Inc. on Friday agreed to suspend a controversial new service that steers mistaken Web searches to its own page, acceding to a demand by the body that oversees Internet policy. […]

ICANN gave VeriSign until 6 p.m. PDT to comply with the request or face sanctions for violating its contract with ICANN. ‘We will accede to the request while we explore all of our options,’ VeriSign spokesman Tom Galvin told Reuters.”

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