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NetSol takes over .us TLD and does this

  • From: up
  • Date: Thu Aug 09 20:43:22 2001

I thought this might be of interest:

The whois for .us had been working a few weeks ago, but hadn't been since
then.  I dropped an email to [email protected] (who had been hosting the
whois server until a few weeks ago) and cc'd [email protected] and got the
following responses:

Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 12:21:22 -0700
From: IPC Computing Services <[email protected]>
To: James Smallacombe <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: Re: {2001.08.445} .us TLD whois not in DNS

> Instructs one to use
> for whois queries on the .us TLD.  It's not in DNS:
> [richard namedb james]$ traceroute
> traceroute: unknown host
> Could you please look into this and let me know if either the website
> is wrong or this will be fixed?

At the request of the US Department of Commerce, USC/ISI transitioned
all support for the US Domain to Verisign at the end of 2000.  We
appologize that the Verisign supported web site still points to
USC/ISI resources but we have no control over their publication of

IPC Computing Services

31 hours later from the new registrar (Verisign):

Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 19:27:10 -0400
From: US domreg <[email protected]>
To: James Smallacombe <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: .us TLD whois not in DNS

Dear James,

Thank you for contacting the US Domain Registry.

The whois database was run by ISI until recently.  The whois server has
been taken offline and so there is no .us whois server currently.  We are
currently working on a replacement but there is no estimate on how long
will take.  In the meantime, if there are specific domains you wish to
information on, please email them to us and we will manually find the
information for you.


US Domain Registry
[email protected]


ok, so .us isn't very widely used, but why then, did the DOC give it to

James Smallacombe		      PlantageNet, Inc. CEO and Janitor
[email protected]