Andrew Allemann broke the news that Verisign will be permitted to raise the price of .com domain name registrations in the future. As Andrew wrote, “The deal will allow Verisign to negotiate with ICANN to raise the price of .com by 7% in each of the last four years of each six-year .com contract.”
For people with large domain name portfolios, this could become a substantial hit as prices for renewals and registrations continue to rise. Some people, especially those with smaller portfolios, don’t really care and the price increases will have a negligible impact on their business. Others may even own stock in Verisign, and the company’s stock is already up 23% (over $30/share) on the news.
One potential issue domain registrants face is the potential that domain registrars increase .com pricing by more than the 7% increase by Verisign. I could see a registrar potentially increasing the cost by 10% or even 20% and blaming the registry or even the government because many people might not even calculate the difference in terms of a percentage – and those who do may not even know about this.
I would like to know where readers stand. Do you care that Verisign is permitted to continue increasing price of .com domain names?