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February 29, 2020 00:47

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Is the .co rebid biased toward Afilias? Yeah, kinda

The Colombian government has come under fire for opening up the .co registry contract for rebid in a way that seems predetermined to pick Afilias as the winner, displacing its fierce rival Neustar. As I blogged in November, Colombia thinks it might be able to secure a better registry deal, so it plans to shortly […]

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The biggest problem with Verisign’s .com deal

It’s not the billion-dollar bonus for Verisign. As expected, ICANN has agreed* to let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) increase prices on .com domain names starting this year. The U.S. government had already agreed to the price increases, but these increases aren’t included in Verisign’s current agreement with ICANN that runs for four more years. So Verisign […]

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Ethos Capital rolling on the floor laughing after #Verisign agreement with #ICANN

Late last year, we discussed the obsession of domain investors with the transition of dot .ORG Registry, PIR, into the lap of Ethos Capital. The latter is a newly formed capitalist fund, backed by conservative investors. Many speculated that Ethos Capital lacks any experience in managing the quintessential TLD for organizations and non-profits. In that […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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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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Top Stories: Domain name price controls

ICANN’s decision to remove price controls will have a long term impact on the domain name industry. The biggest story in the domain name industry in 2019, and the one that will have the most impact in years to come, is the removal of price caps. Historically, some domains have had price caps and some […]

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Non-coms want .org’s future carved in stone

ICANN’s non-commercial stakeholders have “demanded” changes to Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, to protect registrants for the next couple of decades. The NCSG sent a letter to ICANN chair Maarten Botterman this week which stopped short of demanding, as others have, that ICANN reverse its decision to unfetter PIR from the 10%-a-year cap on prices […]

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Are ISOC’s claims about .org’s history bogus?

The Internet Society has started to fight back against those trying to put a stop to its $1.13 billion sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos Capital. Among the tactics being deployed appears to be an attempt to play down the notion that .org has always been considered as a home for non-profits run by […]

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Verisign likely to get its billion-dollar .com pricing windfall

Verisign and ICANN appear to be on the verge of signing a new .com registry contract that could prove extremely lucrative for the legacy gTLD company. Speaking to analysts following the announcement of Verisign’s third-quarter results late last week, CEO Jim Bidzos said talks with ICANN, which have their first anniversary this week, are “nearly […]

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These two ccTLDs drove two thirds of all domain growth in Q2

The number of registered domain names in the world increased by 2.9 million in the second quarter, driven by .com and two ccTLDs. That’s according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, which was published (pdf) overnight, and other data. The quarter ended with 354.7 million domains. Verisign’s own .com was up 1.5 million […]

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