Company wants to terminate its contract with ICANN to run .Vista.
Promotional and custom products maker Vistaprint has informed ICANN (pdf) that it no longer wishes to operate the .vista top level domain name. The domain name was delegated to Vistaprint in June 2015 but the company hasn’t done anything with it.
The company also applied for and was granted .Vistaprint. Likewise, it hasn’t done anything with that top level domain.
A third domain the company applied for, .webs, was held up in a weird contention set with .web. .Webs is still showing a status of “on hold” at ICANN. Webs is the brand name of a do-it-yourself website maker that Vistaprint bought in 2011.
.Vista always seemed like an odd domain for Vistaprint to go after. I assumed it was some sort of defensive play.
Another company, Statoil ASA, recently informed ICANN that it would like to terminate its .statoil top level domain.