After months of legal back-and-forths and bankruptcy proceedings, customers of the domain registrar Net 4 India may finally have a shot at retrieving their domain names — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on Wednesday announced that the bankrupt registrar's domains will be transferred to Public Domain Registry (PDR), a US-based company. PDR is owned by the Burlington, Massachusetts based Endurance International Group, which owns several domain and web hosting storefronts. Net 4 India's domain names have been stuck as customers have been unable to renew them due to the company's operations crumbling amid insolvency proceedings. "ICANN org will work with PDR to ensure registration data for previous Net 4 India customers is transferred successfully to PDR. ICANN anticipates PDR will begin contacting registrants with information on how to access and manage their domain name registrations by early next week," ICANN said in an announcement posted on its website. (emphasis supplied) Note that country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) domains like .in, which are not administered by ICANN, cannot be retrieved as a part of this bulk transfer. Net 4 customers will have to directly approach country registries to retrieve those; the one for India is the National Internet Exchange of India. NIXI has details on transferring .in domains here. The chosen registrar's parent company has businesses that are significantly invested in India — for instance, BigRock is one of Endurance's registrars. "PDR has experience operating in the same region as Net 4 India, supports many local languages…
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