Comment period ends next week.
People paid a lot of attention to ICANN’s proposal to remove price caps on .Org domain names. Some paid attention to .info. Now is your last chance to weigh in on ICANN’s proposal to remove price restrictions on .Biz domain names.
If ICANN moves forward with its plans, .Biz registry Neustar will be able to charge whatever it wants for new .biz registrations and renewals. Neustar is currently allowed to increase .biz prices 10% per year, which is a generous amount.
While .biz isn’t as popular as some other legacy top level domains, DomainTools calculates that there are more than two million .biz domains in the zone. Businesses that use .biz domains may be forced to pay higher fees to continue using their domain names.
Switching domain names is extremely expensive. It can have a major impact on a company’s search engine rankings and email services.
The comment deadline is May 14.
There’s also an open comment period for .Asia. .Asia is a sponsored top level domain without price restrictions. However, ICANN proposes making some changes to its
agreement including adding Uniform Rapid Suspension.
That is good. Make them pay. Seriously ,as long as they increase prices on all TLD’s other than .com then it is beneficial I say.
Andrew Allemann says
You don’t think Verisign will use this as a rationale to increase prices on .com?
VRSN might not argue to remove pice caps. But with these proposals, ICANN is demonstrating that it will simply grant the 7% annual hikes VRSN is going to ask between 20121-20124. There is no way, it is proposing price cap removals on ORG/INFO/BIZ & then reverse the course and block 7% annual price increases on COM.
Andrew Allemann says
I agree with your assessment
We live in an evil world destined for a definite end someday. So it may be a lost cause. However…
If it were not a lost cause then this issue should be argued on the principles.
Acceptance of this agenda for any legacy TLDs legitimizes it as not being wrong or contrary to principle. That of course sets a precedent and opens the door to the same possibility for all TLDs including .com.
It couldn’t be more obvious or more simple, but “as long as they increase prices on all TLD’s other than .com” couldn’t be any more naive, deluded and foolish. Not to mention selfish.
Smell it says
Higher prices is good for domanerz…sucky sucky
All domain investors: it is in our collective best interest to weigh in on this subject. Please click the link in Andrew’s article and send a comment to ICANN. If domain owners don’t speak up, we will be steamrolled. It does not have to be a lengthy commentary, but we need to have our voices heard.
Ah yes, here we go with ye olde “trust us, take our word, we give you our promise and assurance”: