My jaw dropped a bit when I read that PIR was raising its rates 10% and without comment. When PIR initially stuck to a 2.5% increase, versus the greater increases imposed by the .Com registry, I thought to myself"Ah, so PIR really are the good guys/gals and this reflects their philosophy in operation.
Now I have to wonder.
Where is the 10% increase going, PIR? Whose salary increase is this covering? How much has administrative overhead increased in the past year? How many new (friends and families) hires? How much has travel expense increased?
Maybe U.S./wealtier registrants are being asked to underwrite the loss/costs of .Org domains being sold in other markets/countries for a $1.00 registration fee? I'm a fan of good works, social justice and ability to pay economics, so an increase to "cover the income gap" - from discounted fees elsewhere - doesn't offend my sense of fairplay. I'm willing to contribute to help cover the gap so long as efforts are in place to make certain that discounted registrations aren't being exploited.
Still, I'd like to know.
OTOH, is it a bit telling when a "public interest" registry jacks up their charges 10% yet chooses to remain silent about the need to increase their revenue stream by millions of dollars?
What's up, PIR? Why the "no comment"? There's no comment on their website either. Nothing.
Why good guys one year and exceeding the increase of the .Com registry the next year?
Is this a "media play"? Submit for 10% and when there is the not-unexpected outcry about excessive increases play the good guy and only increase the fees by 7.5 or 5%?
I thought that technology keep driving down the cost of doing business on the web. More processing power for less money. Open source software. Decreased costs for bandwidth. Still, it seems the registries - despite increases in income from new registrations - need to dig even deeper into the pockets of registrants.
Monopoly and beauracracy at work here?
[edited by: Webwork at 8:49 pm (utc) on May 10, 2008]