New TLDs are top budget item — but also the only line item to decrease.
If you’re reading this blog, you are probably one of the many people that funds ICANN’s operations. You pay the registrar, which in turn pays ICANN and the registry. The registry also pays ICANN. In short, without domain registrants, ICANN has very little money.
The 2011 budget includes a record $60 million in operating expenses. Here’s a breakdown of the budget items over $5 million:
1. New TLDs and IDNs – $8.048 million (the only budget item to go down from 2010 to 2011, $6.683 is for new TLDs and the rest is for IDNs)
2. Security, Stability, and Resiliency $7.087 million
3. Global engagement and increasing international participation $6.792 million
4. Policy development support $6.421 million
6. Constituency support $6.216 million
7. IANA function and technology operations improvements $5.804 million
8. Core meeting logistics $5.255 million