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Registrar-Level Transaction Fees

  • To: raa-consultation@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Registrar-Level Transaction Fees
  • From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 10:01:20 -0700 (PDT)

To the best of my understanding, the current RAA does
not deal with the topic of registrar-level transaction
fees.  It probably should.

The budget tells us:

"In previous fiscal years, the fee per transaction has
been $0.25. Initially, ICANN proposed the same fee for
fiscal year 2007-08 with the recognition that the
registrars and ICANN agreed to a $0.03 discount in
fiscal year 2006-07. After reviewing revenue
projections, and considering several comments, this
budget proposes a $.05 discount for FY 08, or a fee of
$.20 per transaction. These projections are based upon
recent transaction levels and growth rates . In three
of the past four five quarters, transaction volumes
fell or remained essentially flat. Each "transaction"
will be defined as one-year domain registration
increment caused by a successful add renewal or
transfer command. Consistent with previous years,
domains deleted within the ?add or auto-renew? grace
periods will not be charged a transaction fee
(however, see the restrictions on per-registrar fee
forgiveness described below)." 

I would appreciate seeing a decision that all
transactions will be charged (including those made
during the Add Grace Period) -- such a shift in policy
would both bring in additional revenue for ICANN as
well as act to temper domain name tasting.

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