Network Solutions and Front Running

By Deane Barker on January 10, 2008

Network Solutions defends frontrunning—to stop frontrunners: If you search for a domain at Network Solutions, it will get automatically registered to Network Solutions for four days.

The practice resulted in Network Solutions registering a previously-unregistered domain to itself immediately after someone searched for it, then holding the domain for four days before it could be purchased by someone else or at another registrar. But the company claims that it’s merely trying to protect customers from others doing exactly that.

NetSol has responded that it’s doing this to prevent other people from stealing the domains you searched for. Other people are saying that it requires you to become a NetSol customer if you want to get your domain during the four-day period.



  1. Deanne:

    It’s been a long time since you wrote this post, but as a Network Solutions social media spokesperson, I felt compelled to drive by and give you an update. Next week at its ICANN event in Paris can vote an important issue to resolve to resolve front running for once and for all. Network Solutions is advocating that ICANN acts now, and we have published an official statement on our web site (press room) to that end.



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