Msg#: 3295 posted 11:08 am on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)
This post is to draw the attention of internet community. Mods are requested to remove all or any part of this post if it doesn’t suit with WW policies. This post is having views of few others and who forwarded me this. i prefered to post it here.
Some Highlights of the settlement
The settlement agreement allows Verisign to increase the price of .com domain names to every Registrar by 7% every year. Currently Verisign charges all Registrars $6 for every domain name. The new settlement agreement however allows them to increase prices to all of us without any cost justification. They can simply increase the price by 7% EACH year.
This means they could double the price in 10 years. Naturally any increase in price would mean all Registrars would have to increase their prices to you. This would reduce your sales and reduce your potential to sell other Products.
In this settlement proposal ICANN is giving Verisign the chance to make more than 2 Billion Dollars extra over the next 10 years. This may by far be the most expensive settlement proposal the world has witnessed.
This 2 Billion Dollars is coming out of your / your customers pockets.
The new settlement agreement also doubles the ICANN fees charged to Registrars. Currently Registrars pay 25 cents per domain name to ICANN. The new agreement will make that 50 cents. This again means all Registrars will further increase what they charge all of you for dotCom Domain Names.
The new settlement agreement has a perpetual presumptive renewal clause. This means that Verisign will permanently hold on to the dotCom Registry. There will never be any competitive bid for it, except in a very remote circumstance. Verisign now gets the right to a perpetual monopoly. This means that they are free to do whatever they want with dotCom, without fear of competition. Prices therefore will never reduce.
The entire settlement documents are posted online at [icann.org...]
The part with regards to pricing is in Section 7.3 of [icann.org...]
Why ICANN should not sign this Settlement?
ICANN itself has stated publicly that it is more likely to win the lawsuit than lose it. There is no reason for it to sell out the Internet to settle this litigation when there is a greater chance of it winning the lawsuit anyways.
The outcome does not provide benefits to the Internet community that both ICANN and Verisign were intended to serve.
The ICANN staff are proposing to provide Verisign the ability to increase their prices by 7% annually. Everywhere around the world prices for domain names and web services are reducing. There is no reason for ICANN to grant an increase in the prices.
ICANN is supposed to act as an administrator of the Internet on behalf of the Internet community. This proposed settlement however benefits ICANN and Verisign at the cost of the community.
What can you do?
This settlement agreement will be signed very soon unless the ICANN Board is convinced otherwise. You all represent the voice of the various Domain Name Consumers worldwide. All of you should send your comments about this settlement and how it will affect your business.
Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep the following points in mind before sending your comments:
Put in your company name, and specify how long you have been in business, and how you represent the voices of hundreds and thousands of Customers in your specific region.
You may specify how any increase in the dotCom domain name prices will affect your business.
Readup existing comments by other people at [forum.icann.org...] Your comments can be similar to the ones already posted. More number of comments about the same issue from different people across different countries would clearly show that everyone is concerned about the same issue.
Feel free also to forward this email to your Customers and Resellers and urge them to individually post comments as to how this would impact their respective Business.
This may by far be the most expensive settlement proposal the world has witnessed.
I nominate the above statement for overblown Hyperbole statement of 2005.
Perhaps 7% is too high. I personally think it is. It is unreasonable to think that there should not be a mechanism for them to at the very least keep pace with inflation.
the over-blown gloom and doom of this cry is that .com domains will cost $12 a year to register in 2015? Seriously.
By the way I have seen some complaints elsewhere where people don't think that .com domain charges should ever be raised. I don't believe such a position to be realistic.
If I were to take issue with this proposed agreement, it would be more with the issues revolved to verisign being able to keep the monopoly without regularly having to compete for it. I would like to see a more open and frequent competition for the .com domain.
Getting freaked out about the pricing seems like a miss on the real issues of the agreement.
Let's stick to facts, rationale inferences to be drawn from those facts and providing contact information if anyone desires further information or wishes to contact those charged with responsibility for approving or implementing the settlement.
The penalty for name calling, unless carried out with exceptional wit and self-deprecation, will be the permanent regression of your browser to Netscape 3.2.
To someone with dozens and dozens of good/robust domains, unless they rewire the entire system, the slight increase in charges will be more than offset by the value of the domains and the value of the related traffic to the domains (if they're natural, type-in domains).