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Maria Mitsova
February 15, 2007

Last week ICANN held its fourth Registry/Registrar Regional Gathering at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. The first of three regional events this year was organized by ICANN's Chief Registrar Liaison Tim Cole and Craig Schwartz, Chief gTLD Registry Liaison and was attended by about 65 guests representing 30 registrars and 12 registries/sponsors.

The purpose of these gatherings is to set an informal atmosphere where participants can speak openly about subjects of importance to them. Among the topics discussed were new registry services and contractual compliance, transparency, openness and accessibility.

Next ICANN is gathering for a regional event in July in Asia, followed by a European event in December.

The deal for Network Solutions was undoubtedly one of the biggest news since the beginning of the year. The original domain registrar, which was the only company for registration of domain names from 1993 to 1999, was acquired by General Atlantic, a leading global private equity firm. General Atlantic's long-term approach, global strategy and worldwide presence are a guarantee that Network Solutions will continue its growth.

Network Solutions had been property of VeriSign before it was bought by the investment firm Najafi Companies in 2003. Now the company offers a full range of products and services for doing business online.

VeriSign, Inc., announced an ambitious initiative to expand and diversify the capacity of its global Internet infrastructure tenfold by the year 2010. Under the initiative titled Project Titan VeriSign will increase its daily DNS query capacity from 400 billion queries a day to over 4 trillion queries a day and will scale its proprietary constellation of resolution systems to increase their bandwidth from over 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) to greater than 200 Gbps. New network operations center and next generation monitoring and response services are also part of VeriSign's project for strengthening the Internet infrastructure over the next three years.

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