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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."
Article here [corporate.verisign.com]
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.