HostNine Monthly Newsletter December 2013

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A special thank you to all of our customers for your patronage throughout 2013.
We can’t wait to share what’s in store this year. Have a great 2014!

What’s New

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Important ICANN Announcement! 

Please read this important announcement from ICANN carefully!

It details a few new regulations and procedures for ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

Click here to read the announcement.


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The HostNine Team

IMPORTANT: ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement Updates

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HostNine Customers:

Please read this important announcement carefully!  The following post details new regulations and procedures for ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement:

VALIDATING REGISTRANT EMAIL ADDRESSES

Starting in January, the registrant contact will need to be validated upon the purchase or transfer of a domain name or if the registrant’s first name or last name has been modified.

Should any of these occur, OpenSRS , our registrar, will send an email requiring an affirmative response from the registrant. Failing to receive an affirmative response from the registrant within 15 days will result in the suspension of the name. This means that the domain (and any related services) will be offline.

If a registrant has already validated their contact information, this process will not be initiated.

The same validation process will take place if a WHOIS Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) notice, 30 day expiration notice or 5 day expiration notice bounces. It is extremely important to ensure the WHOIS data that you provide for your domain is correct.

ICANN WEBSITE REQUIREMENTS

ICANN now requires that we  list the following new pieces of information on your website:

• ICANN’s Registrant’s Benefits and Responsibilities

• ICANN’s site for registrant education

We hope that these changes in ICANN policy will have little effect on the ease in which you are able to order domain registrations or transfers. Please contact our billing department with any questions or concerns.

Dallas Network Maintenance Dec 16th 21:00 – 21:30 EST

On Monday, Dec 16th 21:00 – 21:30 EST we will be continuing maintenance on our network equipment at Dallas facility. This will include switching from our copper links to much faster and more stable fiber based links. The end result will be better scalable bandwidth and much better DDoS attack resilience.

These operations are expected to be fully transparent and they shouldn’t cause any noticeable downtime. If you notice any connections issues after this maintenance is done, please contact our Support department.

Dallas Network Maintenance Dec 13th 21:00 – 21:30 EST

On Friday, Dec 13th 21:00 – 21:30 EST we will be conducting maintenance on our network equipment at Dallas facility. This will include switching from our copper links to much faster and more stable fiber based links. The end result will be better scalable bandwidth and much better DDoS attack resilience.

These operations are expected to be fully transparent and they shouldn’t cause any noticeable downtime. If you notice any connections issues after this maintenance is done, please contact our Support department.