ATTENTION: BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY REPORTERS
Pool.com Launches ICANN Suit
Successful start-up challenges ICANN’s right to replace competitive backorder
services with monopolistic WLS
Ottawa, Canada / July 10, 2003 – Pool.com,
one of the Internet’s hottest new ventures, has launched a lawsuit challenging
the right of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to
proceed with a monopolistic new Wait List Service (WLS) this fall.
In a Statement of Claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Pool.com states that the new “WLS proposed by ICANN and Verisign Inc.
will have the immediate and total effect of ending all competition among
Registrars for dropped or deleted domain names” in the rapidly developing
backordering industry. Pool.com seeks a court
injunction preventing ICANN from proceeding with the WLS, a declaration that
ICANN’s actions constitute intentional and wrongful interference with Pool.com’s trade and commercial prospects, as well as significant
Backordering services offers domain name registrants the opportunity to obtain
dropped and deleted domain names, which are becoming available at the rate of
about 22,000 per day or over 7 million per year. At present, over 60 accredited
registrars now compete on behalf of their clients for these names in a “vibrant
and intense” manner. Pool.com works in
partnership with several of these registrars, recently introducing an
innovative new service that allows customers to backorder domain names without
the up-front charges imposed by other backorder providers. In a short period of
time, Pool.com’s new approach has leaped into
the competitive forefront, quickly attracting over 100,000 would-be
registrations. More information on Pool.com’s
free backordering service is available at www.Pool.com.
“The recent introduction of Pool.com’s new
service is further evidence that the backordering business is healthy and
competitive and innovative” says Len Bayles, Vice President of Pool.com. “The proposed actions by ICANN and Verisign would, simply
put, have the effect of putting ourselves and others out of business and would
leave consumers dependent on a monopoly provider.”
Pool.com’s lawsuit is one of a growing number
of initiatives aimed at preventing ICANN from restricting competition. ICANN’s
conduct in support of monopolistic practices has been viewed so egregiously as
to attract the attention of the US Congress, including the introduction of the
“Fair, Transparent and Competitive Naming Act of 2003” aimed at examining the
conduct of ICANN and seeking an inquiry directly challenging the authority of
ICANN to enable the WLS and a moratorium on the introduction of the WLS.
Copies of Pool.com’s Statement of Claim are available at www.pool.com.
Statement of Claim - Pool.com Inc. v. ICANN (PDF)
www.Pool.com and its affiliated companies in
the Momentous.ca group have long been at the forefront of Internet development,
offering industry-leading full customer service and a full suite of domain
registration, hosting, email and related services. The companies serve
customers around the globe from offices in North America and the Caribbean.
For more information, or to arrange a media interview, please visit
www.pool.com or contact Rita Mezzanotte at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone at (613) 794-8550.