As you may have heard, the Internet Commerce Association is urging its members and domain registrants to comment about potential price increases for .com domain names. It’s not just the ICA that is warning constituents about the potential for increased pricing on .com domain names.
Early this morning, I received an email from Dynadot with the subject “Important Industry Updates.” The email, presumably sent to all of the company’s customers, informs them of the .com contract amendment that would allow for price increases, and it lets customers know where they can comment to ICANN to oppose the increases.
It is a good idea for domain registrars to keep their customers in the loop about potential changes that could impact the prices of their domain names. Domain registrants will inevitably blame their domain registrar if the price of their domain names rise, and it is not necessarily the fault of the registrar. Even if there are contractually allowed price increases and customers are angry, Dynadot can point them to this email to let them know they were warned and could have tried to do something about it.
I wonder if other domain registrars will follow suit this week, as the comment period is closing on Friday. Here’s the email that was sent to me from Dynadot:
At Dynadot, we do our best to put our customers interests first and would like to keep you informed with important industry updates that may impact your domain names. The .COM Registry agreement has a proposed amendment submitted to ICANN. This amendment allows for annual price increases on .COM domains. As you know, we believe in transparency and low pricing to keep the internet accessible to all. Price increases on the registry level unfortunately result in price increases at Dynadot.
The amendment is currently open for public comment. Comments will be accepted until February 14th, 2020: Comment Here