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Net 4- ICANN Identifies Gaining Domain Registrar!- UPDATE

May 26, 2021

In a very welcome and much-awaited move, which would affect thousands of Net 4 India Limited’s customers whose domain names/websites have been in a state of limbo with the said ex-domain registrar, ICANN has finally announced the name of the gaining registrar to whom the domain names registered with Net 4 will be transferred to via bulk-transfers. For more information regarding the Net 4 saga, please see our earlier article at https://ssrana.in/articles/net4-india-customers-domain-icann/.

ICANN on May 11, 2021, formally announced that PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com (“PDR”) has been selected as the gaining registrar for gTLDs (domain names such as .COM, .NET, etc.) which were previously registered with Net 4[1].

While all the information has not yet been made available regarding further steps, many customers of Net 4 over the last few days may have received an email from ICANN, inter alia informing about the above development.

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY PDR – NEXT STEPS

PDR on its website has made available a list of helpful FAQs, which can be accessed at https://publicdomainregistry.com/net4india-registrant-faqs/. Notably for Net 4 customers, PDR has informed that “Once the transfer of registrations has been completed, the new registrar(s) will contact registrants with information on how to access and maintain their domain name registrations. It is critical that registrants follow the instructions provided by the gaining registrar(s) regarding how to manage their domain name registrations. There is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer.

PDR has not yet provided any timeline within which the domain names may be transferred, but has assured that they shall get in touch with ex-Net 4 customers and updates will be posted on the above website/webpage.

Thus, in light of these new developments, it is hoped that PDR will be able to provide some much needed relief and further assistance to the harassed former customers of Net 4 India. It is important that the former customers of Net 4 now diligently keep track of any email which they may receive from PDR to take further steps to transfer and manage their domain names.

[1] Net 4 India Registrants: Next Steps to Accessing and Maintaining Domain Names; https://www.icann.org/en/announcements/details/net-4-india-registrants-next-steps-to-accessing-and-maintaining-domain-names-11-5-2021-en

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