Live consultation to settle differences on domain name registry agreement.
ICANN has scheduled a live consultation regarding the new top level domain name registry agreement for Thursday, 7 January 2010. The goal of the consultation is to discuss open issues in the agreement including: the process for amending the agreement, aspects of registry services reviews, and registry/registrar separation.
One other major issue that should be discussed: (lack of) limits on how registries can price domain registrations. Although ICANN has made some improvements to the language on price controls, there is still the danger of this spilling over to .com domain names. That would mean VeriSign could charge whatever it wants for .com domain names and renewals.
Limited in-person attendance is available in Washington, D.C., but everyone can participate via a phone bridge and web meeting. To participate, you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 28.