OK, I admit, the article seems more like an ad than an article, but the special characters part of it seemed interesting. -G
UOL's customers will be able to register in the .com, .net and .org top-level domain names and a range of country-code domains including .com.br, .com.ar and .com.mx," said Kieron James, president of domainnames.com Latin American operations for VeriSign. "Additionally Domain Names incorporating special characters such as ñ , é and ç will be available through our multilingual offering."
VeriSign is currently handling registrations for the .US domains as well. The .US domains are free (mostly) although they are quite cumbersome (according to administrative Law of the US Dept of Commerce) when issued. EXAMPLE: www.ci.daytona-beach.fl.us
Since the switch to VeriSign last Fall, the processing time for a .US domain request has become interminable (taking over a month for one of my current domain requests) and the concept of "customer service" is non existant. The response to my asking a question results in a reply with a form letter from VeriSign.
Seems to me that VeriSign is actually discouraging people from requesting .US domains. If I was in a hurry, I would have given up and forked over the 10 bucks for another dot-com by now.