Augusta Economic Development Authority lose there dot com and blame

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Augusta Economic Development Authority lose there dot com and blame

The domain name was lost by the Augusta Economic Development Authority due to them not renewing their domain name however they are blaming the GoDaddy outage on September the 11th 2012 as the reason why they lost the domain name from the article below you can read that they had the domain name set for auto renew with but due to the outage somehow this feature was disabled and the companies domain did not auto renewal as per previous years.

I really don’t understand how the company could lose this domain as we all know send you numerous emails before the domain name you own expires and also after it has expired as well as that the company redirects you normally to PPC Lander with a bold header at the top of the page that reads this domain name has expired please renew now etc…

The director is quoted below as saying “GoDaddy is in the process of getting the old domain name back, but it will take the rest of the month” – This I don’t understand why would GoDaddy get the domain name back? If the domain name has been dropped and then picked up by another party what right does GoDaddy or the Augusta Economic Development Authority have in getting this domain back without purchasing the domain name from its new owners?

What are your thoughts? The full story is below.

If you head to the Web address for the Augusta Economic De­velopment Au­thority, you’ll instead see a site in Japanese that loosely translates to an interest in flier printing.

The authority spent the New Year’s holiday transferring to a new Web site and changing staff e-mail addresses after its domain registration company failed to renew, said Executive Director Walter Sprouse.

The authority is now at, a do­main that it already possessed, Sprouse said.

The loss of the old Web address seems to be a consequence of the Sept. 11 crash of GoDaddy, the site’s registration agent.

“It screwed up millions of e-mails for a day, including us,” Sprouse said. “What GoDaddy told us was that about 2,000 accounts did not get put back on the automatic renewal. And we were one of them.”

After the Web site didn’t renew on the day before Christmas, it was snapped up by another entity.

Sprouse said he didn’t know of the nonrenewal un­til his e-mails stopped and he checked with GoDaddy.

“Apparently this happens often, where someone will buy a domain name and holds onto it,” Sprouse said.

Someone affiliated with the hacking collective Anon­ymous claimed responsibility for taking down the Web hosting company for several hours Sept. 11. GoDaddy, which hosts about 53 million domain names, later claimed the issue was a series of internal network errors, not hacking.

GoDaddy is in the process of getting the old domain name back, but it will take the rest of the month.

Sprouse said the decision was made to transfer from the “.com” to the “.org” on Monday because the authority couldn’t go that long without a Web site or the ability to have e-mail.

Sprouse said the fortunate part of the mix-up is that it happened during the Christmas and New Year
holidays, the quietest part of the year for the authority staff.

“It had no impact on our operations … If it happened during a busy week in August, we would have been seriously affected,” Sprouse said.

When the authority reclaims, Sprouse said, the technical staff will set up a redirect to

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1 Comment on "Augusta Economic Development Authority lose there dot com and blame"

  1. Hi Robbie. Always enjoy your posts. I read the Japanese texts but find it more or less a personal blog with 6 entries made on the same day. No contact info, etc. More like a mini site to add ads later. Probably picked up by a domainer in Japan. Even though it’s not a serious site, I don’t see how GD can get it back.

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