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eNom, Inc. is a domain name registrar, domain name broker and Web hosting company that also sells other products closely tied to domain names, such as SSL certificates, e-mail services, and Website building software. As of 2007, it was the second largest domain name registrar, managing over 8 million domains.

Company history

eNom was founded in 1997 in Redmond, Washingtonmarker operating as a wholesale business, essentially reselling domains and other services under their own branding. eNom also operates retail site eNomCentral.com.

In May 2006, eNom was one of the original businesses that were acquired to form privately held Demand Media, headquartered in Santa Monica, Californiamarker. Within Demand Media, eNom continues to operate as a domain name registrar and as the registrar platform for its media properties.

In July 2006, eNom bought out competitor BulkRegister. Prior to its purchase, BulkRegister was a member-supported service where clients were not resellers, but companies large enough to pay an annual membership fee to acquire low registration fees on their domain name registrations, due to the volume they potentially register. With this acquisition, eNom rose to become the second largest domain name registrar. eNom maintains BulkRegister as a separate service.

Accreditations and awards

eNom is an ICANN-accredited registrar and has been a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business since 2002. eNom has won the following industry awards from domain research corporation Name Intelligence:

  • 2002-2008 Best ICANN Reseller Registrar
  • 2005-2007 User’s Choice Award
  • 2005-2007 Outstanding Drop Catcher


eNom was named #292 in Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing private companies in 2006.

Front companies

eNom acts as a domain name broker through the use of front companies, including "acquirethisname-dot-com", whose director is Sarah Akhtar Cooper, general counsel for eNom (according to registrar searches). These front companies provide monetized domain parking for domain names that may or may not be for sale. The domains are typically parked on pages that provide generic links to other links that may include advertisers. This behavior, not exclusive to eNom, has raised complaints from businesspeople, who say that there is no transparency for people who want to buy parked domains. The use of front companies for domain parking is not in itself indicative of cybersquatting, but the effect can still be restraint of trade. The brokering and parking of domains by domain registrars raises questions of fairness, such as are usually settled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Resellers

As of March 2008, eNom states that it has over 99,000 resellers, of which over 28,000 are active.

In February 2007, eNom dropped RegisterFly as a reseller citing consumer complaints.

Spam control

Spam, or "junk e-mail," requires infrastructure of which domain names are one component. eNom posts a "zero tolerance spam policy".

Law enforcement

In March 2008, a New York Times story mentioned that eNom is known to disable domain names which appear on a US Treasury Department blacklist. It describes eNom’s disabling of a European travel agent’s Web sites advertising travel to Cuba, which appeared on a U.S. Treasury Department list published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The article’s sources use words varying from “scandal” to “legally required” to describe “how Web sites owned by a British national operating via a Spanish travel agency can be affected by U.S. law”, especially when the operation is as “mysterious” as that of the OFAC list.

References

  1. Better Business Bureau Reliability Report
  2. 2006 Name Intelligence awards
  3. 2007 Name Intelligence awards
  4. 2008 Name Intelligence awards
  5. eNom Awards & Statistics
  6. eNom abuse policy


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