14 Dec 2009 11:02

CNNIC bans individuals from registering domain names

Beijing. December 14. INTERFAX-CHINA - China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has restricted individuals from registering domain names, effective immediately, according to an announcement made by CNNIC at 9 a.m. on Dec. 14.

Any party applying for a domain name will now be required to submit a business license and point of contact identification and contact information at the time of application, the announcement said.

According to Tian Yi, an analyst with eShip Consulting, the purpose of the regulation is to better allocate and supervise the country's dwindling stock of domain names, as individually operated Web sites are much harder to regulate than their corporate counterparts.

CNNIC filed four announcements between Dec. 10 and Dec 14 regarding domain name regulations, indicating that it will take a harder stance on overseeing the registration and usage of Web domains.