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Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd

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The company is a member of the [[IIA]], [[ISPAI]], [[INEX]], [[RIPE]], [[AFNIC]] and [[Nominet]]; and is also Hosting Solutions competent as a Microsoft Certified Partner.<ref>[ Blacknight About]</ref>
Blacknight began offering free one-year registration of [[.co]] domains in October, 2012as part of the Getting Irish Business Online initiative. This free domain offering had been offered for .ie domains since May, but the amount of verification necessary for .ie registration made it a labor-intensive offer.<ref>[ Press Release blacknight Announce Free Co Domains,]</ref>
In January, 2010, [[ICANN]] authorized the transfer of a bulk transfer of [[Hosting365 Inc.]]’s [[gTLD]] domains to Blacknight. This action was undertaken due to a compliance issue that resulted in [[ICANN]]'s de-accreditation of registrar [[Hosting365 Inc.]]<ref>[ ICANN Announcements]</ref> [[ICANN]] explains its decision and the procedures undertaken [ here]
Since the release of information on applicants in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program]], Blacknight and its founder and CEO, [[Michele Neylon]], actively sought to bring attention to the issue of [[gTLD#Closed Generic Strings|Closed gTLDs]]. A closed gTLD would be a brand operating a generic term that it does not have intellectual property or trademark rights to as a single-registrant TLD, thereby preventing the public from registering domains in that LTD. Examples include [[Google]]'s application for [[.blog]]. Blacknight and Mr. Neylon have submitted numerous letters to [[ICANN]] and led public awareness campaigns to encourage the public to object to the applications during public comment windows.<ref>[ Blacknight Urges ICANN to Reconsider Closed Generic TLDs,] Retrieved 18 Feb 2013</ref>
The company's online marketing and use of social media has led to them being nominated for several awards in Ireland.
*'''2012''' Social Media Awards - Best Blog of a Business <ref>[]</ref>
*'''2011''' Social Media Awards - Best Business Twitter Account – Marketing and Sales <ref>[]</ref>
Blacknight sponsored the 2012 Irish Web Awards, and specifically “The Most Beautiful Website in Ireland” category as an appreciation of good design.<ref>[ Press Release Blacknight Sponsor the 2012 Irish Web Awards,]</ref>

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