I don't think that is the case. These domains were all "reserved" by Neustar, and unable to be registered by any of the smart people here.
Looks like Neustar finally decided how they are going to (try to) monetize these domains.
There certainly seems to be something sneaky about this. It doesn't quite smell right. One day they are all "reserved", the next day they show up registered to some company with at least the appearance of an arms-length relationship.
BTW, zipcode.us, zc.us, and I imagine a few others are shown registered to Neustar (as opposed to reserved). There are no web pages up there.
FWIW, the zip codes in .us that are still "reserved" (at least MY zip code) is listed with a create date of 1/5/2005 and updated on 1/4/2007. That's right - updated in the future!
It's not consistent. For example, <my zip code><gibberish>.us is NOT reserved, and apparently can be registered. That also seems to be the case for the example zip codes given in the first post of this thread.
Looks like in most cases you can register <zipcode>zipcode.us, <zipcode>shopping.us, <zipcode>houses.us, <zipcode>bargains.us, etc. Maybe this is just a scheme to get the "smart people" here thinking and registering those domains. Viral marketing at it's finest. ;)
Ditto. Registrys should hold registration data for others. Registrars should provide registration services. Neither should be able to take advantage of their special status and responsibilities by cherry-picking domains for themselves which are withheld from sale to the public.
[edited by: jtara at 7:54 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2006]