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Pricing Is Not An Afterthought

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  • Subject: Pricing Is Not An Afterthought
  • From: "Michele Neylon :: Blacknight" <michele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:29:24 +0100

Pricing is not an afterthought

If there are no restrictions on pricing what will happen with new TLDs?

Will we end up in a situation where only those with extremely deep pockets will 
be able to afford the registration fees?

While I don't have any issue with a registry operator reserving some names for 
an initial auction (as has been done by .mobi) or assignment via another 
process, I do have issue with a situation arising where domain names are 
offered by an operator on a tiered basis. In the end this will only benefit 
those with extremely deep pockets and would in fact destabilise the internet.

Imagine if you will that registry operator X offers ALL domains @ $7 per year 
for the first 5 years of their operation.

After year 5 they decide to up the renewal fees to $700 / year per domain

What kind of impact would that have on existing registrants?

I'd rather not dwell on it too much, as the very concept scares me.

Mr Michele Neylon
Blacknight Solutions
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