Domain Name Back Order Service was actually started in 2002 which allows people to pay for reserving a domain name they wanted if current registration expires. The domain name can be reserved by one person only
The approval for domain name back order service will be declared soon by the authority of Internet domain naming system. It is expected that the WLS (Wait Listing Service) will be approved by the members of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in the meeting to be held on March 6 in Rome.
Registrars, the companies recognized by ICANN for domain name registration, have been informed about the decision on WLS service through a letter including its negotiations with VeriSign Inc. (registry for managing.com and .net domains) which wanted to approve WLS.
Some of registrars like GoDaddy Software Inc., Dotster Inc., eNom Inc. filed case against ICANN to disapprove WLS in July 2003. But the Court denied registrar’s petition in November and the case was withdrawn by them in December.
But the registrars want ICANN to band the service since the fee for back ordering a domain name is more than registering a domain name. Derrick Newman, partner of Newman and Newman Attorneys At Law LLP in Seattle, sent legal notice to ICANN against approving WLS on behalf of some registrars. Newman said that the service will be unfair to the consumers who will not get back anything even after paying money. He also added that the registrants will remind consumers if any one buys their domain name with WLS and also the registrants will not let the domain name to expire.
A source from ICANN informed that the Organization is not ready to give any reply to the notice. Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN, said that WLS will not be an interrupt for back ordering service offered by registrars. Tom Galving, spokesman from Veri Sign, referred the judgment of November case which was in favour of ICANN and VeriSign. But WLS has to be approved by U.S. Department of Commerce also after ICANN.