Most large domain name registrars have yet to sign the new agreement.
Two months after the first five domain registrars signed the new 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN, only 15 more have signed on.
In fact, two of the registrars that were on the registrar negotiating team for the agreement have yet to sign on, according to the Internic list of domain registrars.
Demand Media and Key Systems, both of which were at the negotiating table, haven’t yet signed the agreement.
Of the top ten domain name registrars, only 1&1 and GoDaddy have signed the agreement. (GoDaddy has not signed for some of its other registrars including Wild West Domains and Blue Razor.)
Signing the agreement is a prerequisite to selling new top level domain names, but the agreement places new burdens on domain registrars. The added burdens are a good reason for registrars to hold off as long as they can before signing the new agreement, although there’s a grace period to the end of the year for some of the new requirements.
A key reason for registrar hesitation is new data retention requirements. ICANN just published information about how registrars can opt out of these requirements if it may violate local laws.
Here’s the list of registrars that have signed the agreement:
Dynadot6, Dynadot7, Dynadot8 (Dynadot is still on the 2009 RAA)
Super Registry Inc