Apr 18 2013

ICANN De-Accredits CI Hosts

ICANN the managing authority for all gTLDs has removed the accreditation from
CI Hosts [ www.cihost.com / net / org ] (accredited since 4 February 2012).

The termination is due to CI Host’s failure to timely cure the policy breaches by 1 March 2013 as set forth in ICANN’s notice of breach of RAA dated 11 January 2013.
They have now been removed from the Published List of Accredited Registrars

As of 1 March 2013, the following breaches remained:

* The contact details provided to ICANN by CI Host (telephone numbers, fax number and address) are no longer valid, in violation of  RAA Section 5.11 Notices, Designations, and Specifications;

* C I Host’s failure to provide an interactive webpage, in violation of RAA Section 3.3 Public Access to Data on Registered Names ( www.cihost.com does not resolve); and

* C I Host’s failure to timely pay accreditation fees for several months, in violation of RAA Section 3.9 Accreditation Fees..

CI I Host Website
The cihost.com website was down for a while, but now appears to be back up, although they are still claiming to be an ICANN Registrar

Prior to loss of accreditation, they transferred their own domain(s) to GoDaddy at the same time as abandoning clients domains !

However the C I Host offices now seem to be occupied by a new tennant.
Corespace moving HQ;

To protect domain name registrants, ICANN has commenced the domain name transition process and selected ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar Astutium Ltd to manage any remaining gtld domain names formerly managed by CI Host Inc.

All registrants affected by the reg-transition process of domains being moved to Astutium Ltd as registrar, will shortly receive 2 emails from astutium.com
#1 with details on how to access our online domain name registration and management platform
#2 a standard whois-dispute-resolution-policy email reminder registrants to update their contact details

We are sorry to see another registrar let their registrants’ down, but pleased to be able to assist in helping those affected retain their domain names.

If your domain was originally with CI Host (www.cihost.com) you can check the current registrar on a WHOIS at InterNIC WHOIS which will indicate which registrar you need to contact

Example:
   Domain Name: ASTUTIUM.COM
   Registrar: ASTUTIUM LIMITED
   Whois Server: whois.astutium.net
   Referral URL: https://www.astutium.com
   Name Server: NS1.ASTUTIUM.COM
   Name Server: NS2.ASTUTIUM.COM

ICANN Official Announcement

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