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.