DOMAIN DEREGULATION

It seems that the ICANN monopoly has gone mad and is looking to strip price regulation for .ORG domains etc.

This means a typical domain costs about $10 a years. Smaller registries, registrars and registrants are worried that the change will make large corporations more powerful at the expense of users.

From the perspective of Public Internet Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org registry, the price caps are an outdated control mechanism in an increasingly competitive market.

When the company that runs .com, Verisign, was granted the right to increase its prices by seven per cent a year in November the stock rose sharply. The 139 million .com owners are, in effect, a captive audience.

Any economist will realize that a monopoly is the worst case for domain regulation. There is growing vehement opposition to the pricing changes.

NON-PROFIT

The best practical choice is to run all of the domain registration operations as a registered non-profit so that costs are controlled and corporate greed is kept away.

The best reason for non-profit is that 99% of websites are de facto charities and keeping domain costs under control will keep more websites operational and not end up with the archive.