Dot-org under new management

The newly created Public Interest Registry started the new year by assuming registry operations for the .org top-level Internet domain.

Registry operations had been handled by VeriSign Global Registry Services under a Commerce Department contract with VeriSign Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif. That contract expired Dec. 31.

PIR is a nonprofit organization based in Reston, Va., created by the Internet Society. It was one of 11 organizations that submitted bids to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to manage the domain.

During a 25-day phase-in period, VeriSign will continue to handle back-end technical services. On Jan. 25, those operations will be taken over by Afilias Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Afilias will manage the registry of 2.4 million .org names for PIR at a data center in Horsham, Pa.

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