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    ICANN Set to eXXXpand and Increase Budgets
    by Anonymous on Thursday June 02 2005, @07:04AM (#15401)
    We have seen the increase of the registrar's funding portion as a one-time, temporary favor of the
    registrars in order to get the "new" ICANN up and running until finally the other ICANN stakeholders
    start contributing an amount that is adequate to their participation and interest in ICANN.

    Now that ICANN has significant new sources of funding, like the .net fee and the new sTLDs fees and more and more
    ccTLDs paying fees, instead of honoring the registrars goodwill to help ICANN, ICANN takes our funding as granted
    and instead invests the new money otherwise.

    To make it short, the registrar's funding portion should be reduced as soon as the new money from other sources comes in.
    And there should be a long-term plan on reducing the registrar's contribution, commited to and starting with the
    day new sources of funding come in.

    Second, I think the registrars contribution should have a top cap. It's bad enough ICANN doesn't plan to reduce our contribution,
    but it's even worse that we are supposed to pay even more. We the transaction fee, successful registrars that have more domains
    under management than last year, will even pay more this year.
    In additional, this would create more fairness: small registrars have a cap on the "bottom", and large registrars should have a
    cap on the "top".

    Third, I think for reasons of fairness, successful registrars should contribute, regardless of what business model they are applying
    to be successful. It seems that currently, registrars who use the add/add grace period delete model to make money,
    don't contribute as they should. Under the current conditions, they can even apply for exemption. That is not fair to the
    registrar community as a whole.
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