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KON4M 99
June 1999

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Sherman H. Skolnick

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By Sherman H. Skolnick

Producer/Moderator, Public Access Cable TV Program "Broadsides"

Since 1963, Founder/Chairman, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts

A reputed CIA proprietary has Internet monopoly. They call themselves Network Solutions, Inc., of Herndon, Virginia. They have the worldwide monopoly for domain registration. Their apparent stranglehold on websites is called InterNIC Registration Services.

Here is how it works. Supposing you want the domain name "". Most domain names are all in lower cases with the words run together without spaces. That is how the computer reads it. In the beginning, ".com" was for commercial enterprises, ".org" was for not-for-profit groups, and ".edu" for educational institutions. Now, however, there is a blur and non-commercial persons or entities can register their domain as ".com". When you apply for service, either through an Internet Service Provider, ISP, or a hybrid group that is an on-line go-between to an Internet Service Provider, such as AOL, or a separate web host server---there is an application. At the same time, if you want to pick an easy to remember and use name for your website, the ISP, etc., will check with Network Solutions to see if someone else already has that domain registered. The ISP, etc., typically, get 50 to 100 dollars for forwarding the domain registration form to Network Solutions. Thereafter, you get a bill from Network Solutions, demanding prompt payment IN ADVANCE for two years service of your domain registration. They "park" your domain with the web host server, ISP, etc.

What happens if YOU want to transfer the "parking" of your domain to another ISP, etc.? Supposing your original choice for a web host server, ISP, etc., turned out to be a firm that merges with a larger service. AND, THEY have a problem with THEIR computer. You may have trouble logging on. They may not even inform you of what is happening. You get disgusted and you decide to sign up with another ISP, web host server, etc. At that point, Network Solutions already has your money in advance, currently 70 dollars for two years service. Unless Network Solutions "parks" your domain with a properly functioning ISP, etc., others using Internet CANNOT log on to your website, such as supposing if it were "" or something like that. If you are known dissident, a known critic of the government, or the FBI, CIA, etc., or simply do not have "clout", or heavy influence with InterNIC, you may get delayed months and months in using your website,, the domain registration of which you PAID IN ADVANCE FOR TWO YEARS SERVICE.

If you e-mail them at:, all you get back is an announcement that it is an automatic reply by computer and that they "DO NOT CONFIRM INQUIRY BEING PROCESSED". That is their arrogant answer you get from Network Solutions, Inc. That is their way, as a reputed CIA-created, worldwide monopoly, to tell you to "go to hell", we have your money in advance. You are left to wonder: Are YOU on the FBI/CIA's "loudmouth" list? Do they remember YOU as a peacenik? Are you known to write stories openly condemning America's Gestapo, the U.S. Secret Political Police, the IRS, INS, FBI, CIA, etc.? OR, you simply have no influence with Network Solutions. You are nowhere unless and until THEY park your domain with a properly functioning web host server, ISP, etc. And even after they so finally park you, you may---as some claim --- be the victim of apparent sabotage. Your website goes down, and nobody can or will help you, or explain.

You are lost in cyberspace and nobody of authority is ready to remedy this situation. Not anti-trust laws, not postal fraud inspectors, nobody will help you against the CIA's reputed brainchild. Taking money in advance on the representations that such payment will get you two years of service, such as payment by credit card by wire, or remittance sent by U.S. Mail, for services to be provided, and then services ARE NOT PROVIDED---hey, that is a federal criminal offense. But Network Solutions, Inc., was reportedly set up as a worldwide monopoly, as a CIA proprietary. That is, it is disguised as to their link to the bloody spy agency. Some believe InterNIC is a good, cheap way, for the CIA and others in the secret political police, to keep track of data, censored stories, dissidents, etc. How do I know? I have first hand knowledge. My domain registration, paid for in advance, has been blockaded in being used by Network Solutions, for months and months: You may be interested in their addresses, etc. When THEY decide to drag you on and on, delaying your actual use of your domain registration--well, these addresses and phone numbers get you nowhere:

Network Solutions, Inc., David M. Graves, Director, Business Affairs; Charles A. Gomes, Vice President, Customer Programs, P.O. Box 525, Herndon, Virginia 20172 Phone:(703) 742-4777.


or Network Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 17305, Baltimore MD 21297-0525

Anybody really know how to tell Network Solutions to "go to hell"?

Sherman Skolnick Sounds Off!!!

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