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Mississippi
BBB Provides Information on Domain Name Registrars
April 16, 2010
Ridgeland, Miss., April 26, 2010 - Historically, there has been a sole authorized domain name registrar – Network Solutions. Today the market is wide open for competition with several dozen registrars available.

The database of registered domain names is maintained by INTERNIC (short for Network Information Center), a non-profit organization. A domain name registrar is allowed to directly access and modify this database. Certification of registrars is the responsibility of ICANN (the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which oversees the handling of domain names, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, and domain name extensions (such as .com, .gov, etc.)

Network Solutions has a set fee for every registered domain name; however, each registrar determines the fee charged to their clients. Some fees are annual while others are in effect for as many as ten years.

“There are two main benefits to registering with an accredited domain name registrar,” said Bill Moak, President/CEO of the BBB Serving Mississippi. “Normally their fees are lower, especially with packaged offers, and the registrar is known to be reputable.”

The validity of registrars can be checked with the following:

• INTERNIC (Internet Network Information Center): www.internic.net

• ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers): www.icann.org

• BBB (Better Business Bureau) http://ms.bbb.org