Miami Dade Public Library’s Website Up for Grabs!
Miami-Dade’s efficiency or the lack there of should be source of anger to Miami-Dade tax payers, however this one really amuses me! Miami-Dade Public Library’s domain name http://www. mdpls.org expired on 09/05/2008 somebody was asleep at the wheel.
For 40 days, the domain will remain in a grace period where all services have been shut off, but the the county can still renew the domain for a standard renewal fee. Normally if a domain enters this period, it is a good first indicator that it may not be renewed, but in this case I think it just a lazy overpaid county employee procastinating.
After 40 days are up, the domain’s status will change to “redemption period”. During this phase, all WhoIs information will disappear, and more importantly, it would then cost the county an additional fee to re-activate and re-register the domain. The fee is currently around $100 (who cares, it is taxpayer dollars anyways!).
Finally, after the redemption period, the domain’s status will change to “locked” as it enters the deletion phase. The deletion phase is 5 days long, and on the last day between 11am and 2pm Pacific time, the name will officially drop from the ICANN database and will be available for registration by anybody.
The entire process ends exactly 75 days after the listed expiration date.
If your betting on the chance that it’ll take more than 75 days for the county to move on this you can backorder mdpls.org by placing a bid on http://www.namejet.com that holds auctions for expired domain names The starting bid is $69.