pgMedia Sues To Open the Domain Name Registration Market

press release from 03-20-1997

pgMedia, Inc., d/b/a tm ( ("pgMedia"), announces that it has commenced an action in Federal Court in New York City against Network Solutions, Inc. ("NSI"), seeking, among other things, to open access to the domain name registration market to allow open, unrestricted competition for the offering of Domain Name registration under potentially limitless Shared Top Level Domains. pgMedia believes that the Internet has long since become a vibrant and maturing market in which certain de facto monopolists, operating for profit, have been allowed to flout the laws of the United States and other countries which are expressly aimed at preventing such conduct. A copy of the Complaint in that action is now available on the tm web page referred to above.

With the commencement of this case, pgMedia is now accepting registrations of domain names under an expansive list of Shared TLDs. An initial registration under a TLD listed on the tm web page may be made for $10. When, as a result of the lawsuit or otherwise, the names registered become universally resolvable and the pgMedia Name Servers become "root," an additional charge of $15 will be imposed to fully register the name for the first full year of use following such universal resolvability. pgMedia intends to charge a $25 renewal fee for each subsequent year of use of names registered through its registry. In addition, pgMedia is also accepting suggestions for additional Shared TLDs to be added to the pgMedia Registry. The fee which will be charged for such additional Shared TLDs has not yet been determined. For additional information regarding the lawsuit or to receive regular updates, please contact

For more information, please contact the pgMedia, Inc. legal counsel at: