Does NSI's domain update web site ever work?

Christopher Schulte schulte+nanog-post at
Tue Jan 8 22:39:02 UTC 2002

At 04:17 PM 1/8/2002 -0600, measl at wrote:
>On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, [iso-8859-1] ¨°º©[Queen Vamp]©º°¨ wrote:
>We went through that last year.  The domain name was > 3 months past
>expiration, and I finally called NSI and got kicked up the food chain to
>someone "in legal".  I was told that "NSI will not release expired domain
>names for other to register unless the name is intentionally transferred by
>the [ex] owner of the domain".  And there at lay, until the name we had been
>trying for 3 1/2 months to register was mysteriously registered by abovenet.

The only way I've found to reliably get an expired domain was to use the 
services of  Sure enough, a domain had been expired for 
months, yet could not be registered.  Looking through NSI's site (they 
didn't respond to email or voice mail) I found this:

'Many factors may cause the "expiration date" to vary from the eventual 
date of deletion.'

Could they possibly be more vague?

Snap names was eventually able to secure the domain, but it took a month or 
two of waiting for it to actually be deleted from NSI's database.  Ironic 
that NSI even pointed right to snapnames when I did the initial 
registration search?  Hmmm...  They seem to want a cut of every domain 
transaction possible.

>J.A. Terranson
>sysadmin at


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