In January 2020, ICANN, the organization that oversees domain names, announced significant changes to the contract it has with Verisign, Inc. who operate the .COM top-level-domain (TLD). ICANN made these changes in secret, without consulting
or incorporating feedback from the ICANN community or Internet users.
According to this new agreement, Verisign will be allowed to increase the wholesale price to registrars
for .COM domains every year for 8 out of the next 10 years, and the increases don't stop there. This will mean that .COM wholesale domain prices can grow by more than 70%
over and above current prices over the next decade.
Alongside these contract changes, Verisign agreed to pay ICANN an additional $20 million dollars over five years to support ICANN's domain name system initiatives, without any clarity about how ICANN will spend the money, or who will ensure that the funds are properly spent on domain infrastructure.
These changes will have significant impact on the Internet for years to come, and only ICANN and Verisign have participated in this decision. If you want to make sure your voice is heard, let ICANN know how
you feel about their recent decision.
You can leave your comment on the .COM proposal using ICANN's form
. I already did it! Not sure if it all helps... but it's important to see your voice heard.
The Public Comment period is open until February 14, 2020
. Hurry up.