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    Budget and Expenditures The Register Takes a Look at ICANN's Budget
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 18 2003, @06:02AM

    The Reg's Kieren McCarthy asks, How Much Does it Cost to Oversee the Internet?. The new budget is about a third bigger than last year's, and has more people. And they get paid quite well. Seems that ICANN's expenditures per employee are well above the ITU's -- and they're based in expensive Geneva! (Then again, the ITU has its own cafeteria, reminding us that its headcount probably includes more low-paid employees not directly on mission.) The comparison to UK-based regulators and to Nominet is even worse. So I did a little back of the envelope math...

    ICANN is getting almost all of its revenue from gTLDs, as the ccTLDs refuse to sign on to ICANN's one-sided contracts. So, let's see: about $7.4 million of the $8 million next year will be from gTLDs. And, according to state of the domains, there are about 30 million gTLD registrations, excluding the most minor domains. So that means the domain name tax is just under twenty-five cents per year per domain name registration. At the current rate of increase -- surely impossible, right? -- it would be $1/year in five years.

    Even at the 15% rate of increase ICANN writes into its ccTLD contracts, ICANN's budget still doubles every five years. In fact, the budget has doubled more quickly than that already, so this doesn't seem like an absurd prediction. If more ccTLDs fall into line, some of that increase may be picked up by them, reducing the burden on the defenseless gTLD registrants, but don't expect much relief from that quarter, as the ccTLDs rightly ask what on earth they get from ICANN that they could possibly need beyond IANA updates, which cost almost nothing.

    It's a question the rest of us could ask too.

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    The ICANN Outreach Program
    by jberryhill on Wednesday March 19 2003, @06:18AM (#11341)
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    Oh, this is too funny:

    The ICANN Outreach Program [icann.org]

    ICANN is going to spend $170,000 to pay one person in Africa and one person in either Latin America or the Pacific to "evangelize" local governments. You have to read the way they break down the $170,000:

    "[...] about $170,000, of which $90,000 would be for salaries and benefits, $40,000 for travel (mostly within the region, but with some for training at Marina del Rey), $20,000 for administrative costs, including the costs of production of appropriate materials and for mini-workshops (mostly attached to other regional workshops), and $20,000 for administrative costs."

    Come again? $20,000 for "administrative costs" and another $20,000 for "administratve costs". I guess the second $20,000 is to administer the administrative costs.

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