Friday deadline to weigh in on new .com contract terms.
People opposed to ICANN’s plan to allow Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to raise prices on .com domains have until Friday, February 14, to submit a comment to ICANN.
The proposed Amendment #3 to ICANN’s contract with Verisign to run .com will allow Verisign to increase prices 7% per year in the last four years of each six-year renewal period. The current wholesale price of a .com domain is $7.85. Verisign is paying ICANN $20 million over five years as part of the deal.
Comments can be made by sending an email to comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20 @ icann.org.
Internet Commerce Association, an advocacy group representing domain name owners, has created a form to make it easier to submit comments. The form allows you to select reasons you are opposed/in favor of the contract amendment, but comments might be given more weight if people add personalized feedback on the plan.
Several domain name registrars, including Namecheap, Dynadot and NameBright, have emailed their customers asking them to submit comments.