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April 5, 2020 00:31

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ICANN grants Verisign its price increases, of course

ICANN has given Verisign its ability to increase .com prices by up to 7% a year, despite thousands of complaints from domain owners. The amendments give Verisign the right to raise prices in each of the last four years of its six-year duration. The current price is $7.85 a year. Because the contract came into […]

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No .com price increases this year. Thanks, coronavirus!

Verisign won’t increase prices on .com or any of its other TLDs this year. The promise comes as part of a package of coronavirus-related measures the company announced on its blog yesterday. Verisign said: In order to support individuals and small businesses affected by this crisis, Verisign will freeze registry prices for all of our […]

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What impact will increased .com prices have on domain investing?

Investors would have two ways to cope with rising prices. American Enterprise Institute submitted a comment (pdf) to ICANN about .com pricing during the comment period. Much of it echos Verisign’s own comments on the matter, and that shouldn’t be surprising. The letter questions the role of domain name investors in the market for domain […]

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Verisign tries to discredit ICANN commenting period process

Company suggests that drawing attention to comment period distorted the multistakeholder process. The comment period for ICANN’s proposed .com contract amendment with ICANN closed last Friday. The amendment would allow Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to increase prices in the future in 4 out of 6 years. Among the thousands of comments was one from Verisign itself […]

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Verisign shits on domainers, again

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Verisign makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year from .com domain investors, and yet it’s been developing a habit in recent years of shitting on them whenever it serves its purpose. The company’s submission to ICANN’s just-closed public comment period on the proposed new .com contract, which […]

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9,000 people tell ICANN they don’t want .com price increases. Here’s what some of them said

The public have spoken: they don’t want Verisign to get the right to raise .com prices again. ICANN’s public comment period on the amended .com contract closed on Friday, with just shy of 9,000 comments which appear to be overwhelmingly against price-raising powers. Almost 2,000 of the comments have the same subject line, “Proposed Amendment […]

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January’s top domain name news stories

Looking back at last month in domains. There was a lot of news in the domain name industry last month. Here’s a look at the top five posts on Domain Name Wire ranked by the number of pageviews. 1. This company’s domain name is a ten digit domain! – Using your telephone number as a […]

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ICA will help you support .com price increases (but doesn’t want you to)

The Internet Commerce Association has released a new version of its semi-automated commenting tool, making it a bit easier for domainers and others to complain to ICANN about the proposed .com price increases. Surprisingly, the tool will also help you file a comment in support of Verisign’s 7%-a-year price-raising powers, though obviously ICA would prefer […]

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Ten years ago I predicted Oscar winners wanted a .movie gTLD. Was I right?

Almost 10 years ago, when DI was barely a month old, I looked at that year’s Oscar nominees and predicted that a .movie gTLD could find some demand in the movie industry. Was I right? Of course I was. As regular readers know, I’m always right. Apart from those times I’m wrong. In 2010, there […]

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BREAKING: Verisign pays ICANN $20 million and gets to raise .com prices again

Verisign is to get the right to raise the price of .com domains by 7% per year, under a new contract with ICANN. The deal, announced this hour, will also see Verisign pay ICANN $20 million over five years, starting in 2021, “to support ICANN’s initiatives to preserve and enhance the security, stability and resiliency […]

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