CORE proposal for new gTLD annual fee
Dear all,as announced during the Cairo meeting, CORE has been working on an alternative proposal for ICANN's fee structure. We believe that a minimum yearly payment of 75k will lead to one registry model only: Copies of .com. Other models, like for example a developing country community TLD, will have a very hard time surviving with an additional 75k burden, so either this will make them a more likely candidate for the registry failover plan, that of course has to be financed by other TLDs which could lead to an overall domino effect, or they will not apply at all. This seems to be in conflict with both the diversitiy that the draft RFP calls for and the ICANN mission statement to foster growth and competition.
CORE believes that the fee structure should be streamlined to match the rest of the rfp and we are happy to offer our model. The rationale of our proposal is to consider registries which have an income of less than 1 million USD as being in survival mode. In this stage the registry is vulnarable and ICANN shall only be compensated for its directly related costs (IANA function, compliance monitoring, report evaluation). With higher income, ICANN shall be allowed to consider its additional community expenses.
We differentiate between community-based non-profit TLDs and non-community or for-profit TLDs, which have a slightly different initial minimum fee. For comparison, we have also incorporated the "single owner" TLDs which have not yet been clearly defined.
I have attached the spreadsheet not knowing if the list accepts this; if rejected I will provide a link the the document in a seperate post.
Yours, Marcus Fauré CORE Council of Registrars