In an effort to expand its membership base to include a wider group of domain investors and registrants, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) announced a new, lower cost membership tier. The ICA Board of Directors voted to add a Basic level membership at a cost of $25/month or an annual membership fee of $300. The ICA is an organization that advocates for the rights and interests of domain name registrants.
All ICA membership levels include access to ICA email alerts, webinars, and other important updates from ICA leadership. Basic members of the ICA will be included in the ICA member directory (with name only) and will have weighted voting for ICA Board elections with half the voting weight of an Individual member. You can see all membership tiers on the ICA’s membership sign-up page.
Kamila Sekiewicz, Executive Director of the ICA, commented to me about the additional membership tier:
“We are excited to make membership in the ICA more affordable to the many domain investors who are part-time or are still establishing themselves in the industry. By growing our member base, we hope to expand interest in the domain name policy matters and their importance. We would also like for this membership to help some of our current members whose business has been disrupted by the pandemic, but they would like to remain part of the ICA.”
I have heard people mention that they would consider joining the ICA if there was a lower level membership tier beneath the $600 Individual Membership level. The ICA has responded by adding the Basic tier. According to the membership directory page, there are currently 88 members of the ICA, including large companies and individual domain investors.
The membership would have to be $60 – $100 a year for me to consider it. Especially now with everything going on.