Domain registration bills increasing.
Verisign announced that it is raising its wholesale price for .net domain names in February.
The current fee is $6.79, and this will jump 10% to $7.46 effective Feb. 1, 2016.
Verisign is able to increase the price of .net domain names annually. A 2012 contract extension for .com domains keeps that price fixed at $7.85 for the duration of the contract.
That means the wholesale price for .com is now less than long time competitors such as .biz and .org, which also get to bump prices.
Some of the new top level domain names are priced much lower (at least temporarily) that .com and .net, while most are priced at a significant premium to .com wholesale prices.
Verisign has about 15 million .net names registered. .Net is facing downward pressure thanks to new top level domain names. A 10% price hike should help it maintain .Net revenue.