Jul 7, 2014 8:30 PM by KATC
Iberia Parish government has filed a federal lawsuit over its web domain names. According to The Advocate, the suit last week claims the domain names are being "held hostage for money" by former contractor Main Street Internet Service.
According to the lawsuit, Main Street Internet Service handled website issues for Iberia Parish Government for several years, but sent a proposal on June 19 offering to sell Iberia Parish its main website domain name and related domain names for $10,000.
"...Main Street Internet Service will be closing their doors to businesses after 18 years of business and once closed the price will go up," according to a copy of the proposal attached to the lawsuit.
At stake is not only control of the parish's main web portal - www.iberiaparishgovernment.com - but also www.iberiagov.net, the domain name used for parish e-mail addresses.
The parish's main website used tor parish residents, and includes contact information for various parish officials and departments, updates on parish projects, emergency alerts, maps, and codes and regulations.
According to the lawsuit, the parish has been unable to gain control of its website domains because Main Street Internet Company's manager used his name rather than a parish government contact when registering the website domain names with the various companies and groups that work together to track and keep records of website names.
Parish officials were aware of a potential problem as far back as 2008.
A federal judge has granted a temporary order mandating the Iberia Parish websites stay active, and a court hearing on the issue is set for July 28.
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