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    Budget and Expenditures Registrar Application and Accreditation Fees Adjustment
    posted by michael on Thursday April 19 2001, @10:59AM

    twiddle writes "A few days ago ICANN staff requested public input on the topic of Registrar Application Fees and Annual Registrar Fixed Accreditation Fees (see http://www.icann.org/stockholm/registrar-fee-topic.htm).

    In the "Proposed Change in Registrar Application Fee" section, the proposal says that:

    "The fee for new registrar accreditation applications is now US$1,000. This amount is very much lower than the actual cost of processing the application. [...] ICANN proposes to raise this fee to US$2,500. [...] Staff will not have to devote time unproductively to processing applications that are not intended to go into operation in the near-term."
    I think that the staff is not sending a clear message here. What is the actual problem: the amount that cannot cover application processing costs or a large number of "non serious" applications?"

    I would really like to see first a concrete costs breakdown for the procedure of application processing. I presume that such document exists and that it's publically available. ;-) Can someone point me to that document?

    In the "Proposed Change in Annual Registrar Fixed Accreditation Fees" section, the proposal says that:

    "Registrars now pay a single fixed fee of $5,000 each year for accreditation to register for the .com, .org, and .net registries. With new unsponsored top-level domains (TLDs) planned to come on line in the near future, it would be burdensome for registrars to pay $5,000 for each additional TLD in which they perform registrar services.

    ICANN, therefore, proposes to change the fee structure to where registrars pay US$4,000 annually for the first TLD in which they are accredited to perform registrar services, and US$500 for each additional TLD."
    This seems like a reasonable thing to do at the moment, but some people think that ICANN should not put itself in between the registry operators and (accredited) registrars, and ask for even more money... :-) Other opinions?

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    Re: Registrar Application and Accreditation Fees A
    by larry on Friday April 20 2001, @06:38AM (#550)
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    It's not reasonable.

    It was misleading of them to write "it would be burdensome for registrars to pay $5000 for EACH additional TLD..."

    First, registrars don't currently pay $5000 for A (ONE) TLD, they pay $5000 for 3 (THREE) TLD's (.com .net .org) obviously, as known, and as indicated.

    Second, there is absolutely no basis for charging additional money for additional TLD's, as ICANN doesn't have to do anything more to "certify" that a registrar can register in 3 TLD's or 300.

    It's just a way to tax registrars. Did they think they were actually going to be able to charge $5000 per TLD?
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