A. By no later than May 20, 2000, NSI shall transfer the internic.com,
internic.org and internic.net SLD names to the Department of Commerce.
Commencing no later than December 1, 1999 and continuing until January
9, 2001, NSI shall provide port 43 Whois access to registry data through
rs.internic.net. Such Whois services shall return, in addition to the
requested registry data, a message stating: "Domain names in the
.com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered with many different
competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information."
B. NSI in its capacity as registry shall maintain and operate the InterNIC
website on behalf of the Department of Commerce until January 9, 2001,
with content approved by the Department of Commerce, as a neutral stand
alone web page that shall provide a public directory of all accredited
registrars and associated contact information (including hotlinks) and
other information regarding domain name registration services as directed
by the Department of Commerce. NSI shall activate any substitute web
pages supplied in HTML format by the Department of Commerce, during
this period, within three business days of its receipt of the substitute
C. Until August 10, 2000, the Department of Commerce will cooperate
with NSI to assure the continued availability of the internic.net SLD
name for purposes of email transmissions from registration templates
to NSI. By no later than August 10, 2000, NSI shall modify all of its
registration templates and otherwise migrate from the use of the term
"InterNIC," or Internet addresses that reflect the term "InterNIC,"
in connection with its provision of any product or service. Thereafter,
the internic.net SLD name shall not be used for the provision of Registrar
D. The Department of Commerce shall not transfer or grant a license
for the internic.com, internic.org or internic.net SLD names, or the
InterNIC mark, to any other registry or registrar for the purpose of
competing with NSI.
E. During the period through January 9, 2001, NSI will cooperate with
the Department of Commerce, or its designee, to ensure a seamless transition
and continuous operation of the InterNIC websites.