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    Valuable Names are Going to Become Expensive
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 13 2004, @07:25PM (#13947)
    "Some of us own extremely valuable domains, and you can be certain that the registries would be licking their chops if it was possible to charge us more for the "privilege" of owning them."

    The Registries may not be doing that charging.
    The Valuable Domain Name Owners have to be MORE
    CONCERNED with the coming wave of walled-garden
    Virtual ISPs (and countries). They can charge
    EACH .COM and .NET owner a fee (maybe a small
    one) to be visible to their customer base.

    Verisign has been terrified of this. That is
    one of the reasons they have spent so much time
    and money staying close to AOL and *helping*
    AOL to NOT consider this option. Now that .COM
    names are close to 30,000,000 in number, it
    would be easy for an AOL to ask for $50 per
    year per .COM owner. That is a potential revenue
    stream of $1,500,000,000. Do AOL shareholders
    wonder why the company is not collecting those
    fees ?

    A .COM owner could end up paying AOL $50, MSN
    $50, Boingo $50, etc. Companies with custom
    browsers can also request a fee or deny access
    to the .COM domain name, on a name-by-name basis.

    The well-healed .COM owner may have no problem
    paying $500 to $1,000 per year. That begins to
    approach what they spend on a simple Yellow
    Pages listing. The reach could be much greater.

    The DNS policies are driving everything in this
    direction. Both .COM and .NET will likely
    become very expensive name spaces. The $6 per
    year per name will be lost in the fine print.
    Registrars will likely become agents to pay
    all of the various fees. ICANN will of course
    take their cut via a tax on the Registrars.

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    Re:Tender, not auction
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday July 13 2004, @08:32PM (#13949)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    If ICANN allowed people to actually enter into long-term contracts rather than artificially limiting them to 10 years, and if there really were competition, rather than the faux-competition we have under ICANN, then people who want long term rates could negotiate for them up front and lock 'em in for however long the contract lasts.

    Personally, I'm not really all that upset by a few high priced names - I'm far more concerned about how ICANN supports a floor under which prices can not drop. That is costing existing consumers multiples of $100,000,000 per year in excess fees.
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