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Domain Name Overseer Proposes Ending Price Caps on .Org, .Info Domains

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ICANN has proposed new contracts for the .Org and .Info registries that would eliminate price caps on the domain names. Under the terms of the new agreements, .Org operator Public Interest Registry and .Info operator Afilias could increase prices on registrations to an unlimited amount, provided that they give advance notice.

A price hike means associations and other tax-exempt groups could find it a lot costlier in the future to renew their website domain names ending in .org if a new contract proposed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is approved.

The .org top-level domain (TLD) is used by most associations and other tax-exempt organizations. There are more than 10 million .org domain names registered.

In announcing the proposed contract, ICANN stated:

In alignment with the base registry agreement, the price cap provisions in the current .org agreement, which limited the price of registrations and allowable price increases for registrations, are removed from the .org renewal agreement. Protections for existing registrants will remain in place, in line with the base registry agreement. This change will not only allow the .org renewal agreement to better conform with the base registry agreement, but also takes into consideration the maturation of the domain name market and the goal of treating the Registry Operator equitably with registry operators of new gTLDs and other legacy gTLDs utilizing the base registry agreement

ICANN’s contract with VeriSign, which manages .com domain names, still includes limitations on price increases, although a new contract agreement reached last year allowed for more flexibility, Market Watch reported at the time. ICANN also added Uniform Rapid Suspension to the contracts. Both contracts are open to public comment until April 29: .Org comments .Info comments

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James Barnley

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