The Internet Commerce Association has developed a tool to make it easy for those opposed to any increase in the .com registry fee to voice their disapproval.
On 3 January ICANN and Verisign released proposed amendments to the .com registry agreement which includes a 7% increase in the registry fee in the final 4 of 6 years of the agreement.
Not unexpectedly the ICA, with domain investors their key constituency, are very much opposed to any increase and like they did with their opposition to the proposed takeover of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital, have made it easy for people to comment. But as Domain Incite notes, it’s just as easy to comment in favour of proposed increases as against.
In announcing their opposition and attempt to gain community support, the ICA notes .com domain names will “cost over 30% more unless ICANN … listens to the public and changes its mind about price increases.” The tool the ICA developed is supposed to take 30 seconds for anyone to submit their viewpoint to ICANN. It’s most likely ICANN will take little notice of those submitting comments given how little input each commenter will make.
The ICA notes Verisign charges $7.85 per year to register or renew a .com domain name each year with their costs estimated at between $2.50 to $2.90 per domain name per year.
If Verisign increases the fee in each of the 4 years as outlined in the proposed agreement, the current registry fee of $7.85 will increase to $10.26 by 2026.
For anyone wanting to submit comments through ICANN’s public comment process, which closes on 14 February, go to: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/com-amendment-3-2020-01-03-en
There’s an outline of the key issues in the proposed agreement here: http://www.domainpulse.com/2020/01/06/icanns-com-registry-agreement-enhanced-security-prices/