ICANN Renews PIR’s .ORG Agreement

Last week Public Interest Registry, the .org top-level domain registry, announced ICANN had renewed their .ORG Registry Agreement which is now consistent with the standard registry agreements already in place for more than 1,200 other top-level domain extensions in the marketplace.

It’s a move that was welcomed by PIR which they noted in a post on their blog “an encouraging milestone as it demonstrates a maturing domain industry. Consistent with the provisions, restrictions and rights in all gTLD agreements, as well as competition law and consumer protection principles, this standardization further supports a domain marketplace that is both fair and competitive for all.”

One controversial aspect of the renewed agreement is the removal of price caps on the registry fee, the fee charged to registrars.

Commenting on this PIR note they’re “a mission driven non-profit registry” and they “currently [have] no specific plans for any price changes for .ORG. Should there be a need for a sensible price increase at some point in the future, we will provide advanced notice to the public. The .ORG community is considered in every decision we make, and we are incredibly proud of the more than 15 years we have spent as a responsible steward of .ORG. PIR remains committed to acting in the best interest of the .ORG community for years to come.”