Alice’s Registry disappears down the rabbit hole | Domain Incite
One of the oldest domain registrars appears to be on its way out.
San Francisco-based Alice’s Registry has been hit with a breach notice and termination warning by ICANN after apparently being incommunicado for over a year.
According to ICANN, they last spoke in August 2020, when AR indicated that it was thinking about “shutting down the registrar business”.
Since then, the web site has stopped working and ICANN can’t get through on the telephone.
The breach notice claims past-due fees and a failure to operate a working Whois service, and gives the registrar until November 1 to pay up or get its contract terminated.
Alice’s Registry is one of the oldest registrars, founded in 1999, but it’s never had more than a few thousand names under management. Its founder, Rick Wesson, has been involved in the ICANN community since pretty much the beginning.