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New TLD updates: Neustar 358, Key-Systems 31

June 11, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, key-systems, Neustar, new tlds, UncategorizedComments Off on New TLD updates: Neustar 358, Key-Systems 31

Neustar signs up boatloads of new TLD applicants and news from Key-Systems.

New top level domain news stories are coming fast and furious today. Here are a couple more updates:

Nuestar (NYSE: NSR) said it has been selected as the backend registry services provider for 358 top level domain applications. The actual number the company will end up supporting will likely be smaller since some of the applicants will drop or or be contested.

Key-Systems announced that 31 applicants have selected its KSregistry GmbH company as the backend for their top level domains. Again, assuming some are contested, KSRegistry will end up supporting fewer domains.

Key-Systems is also jumping in to the digital archery game with a service that charges 15,000 EUR if it gets an application into the first batch. This fee is for customers that haven’t selected KSRegistry for the backend.

The interesting thing about digital archery is that providers can’t point to previous success to win clients. It’s a one time, never-done-before system. The only thing they can do is show test results…if these tests are accurate.


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Neustar Announces .Biz Price Increase

July 31, 2011.biz, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, Policy & LawComments Off on Neustar Announces .Biz Price Increase

.Biz registration and renewal prices increase in six months.

Neustar has informed its registrars and ICANN that it will increase its annual prices for .biz domain names effective February 1, 2012. The new price will be $7.85, or 55 cents more than the current $7.30 per year. That’s about 7.5%.

This wholesale price does not include ICANN’s 18 cent “tax” per domain year registered.

Neustar’s notice to ICANN does not include a reason for the price increase.

Price increases from leading registries Neustar, VeriSign, and Afilias might come under more scrutiny as they begin offering registry services to third parties applying for new top level domain names. If they offer services for $2 per domain, it may become harder to justify the prices they charge for incumbent domain names.

But I doubt ICANN will pay attention. It just renewed VeriSign’s .net contract with 10% annual price increases…without justification for those increases.


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Neustar Offers $10k a Year .Brand Domain Names

June 29, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, new tlds, UncategorizedComments Off on Neustar Offers $10k a Year .Brand Domain Names

A dormant .brand domain for $10,000 a year (plus ICANN fees).

Domain name registry Neustar has created a new package for companies wishing to get their own .brand top level domain names.

Called the “Brand Assurance Package” (pdf), it’s a bare bones solution that seems to be geared to companies that may want to get a .brand but have no idea if they’ll ever do anything with it.

For $10,000 a year, Neustar guarantees companies will “meet ICANN specifications for your brand gTLD”.

That basically means they’ll help you with the initial application and make sure you meet ICANN’s ongoing technical compliance hurdles such as having an operating whois.

Of course this doesn’t include ICANN’s fees including the $185,000 application fee and ongoing annual fees. If the brand actually wants to use the domain name it can upgrade its package with Neustar.

This seems like a smart marketing move to get .brand domain names locked in and then upgrade them later.


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ICANN to Neustar: Yes, You Can Own a Registrar

December 27, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, Neustar, new gtlds, Policy & Law, VeriSignComments Off on ICANN to Neustar: Yes, You Can Own a Registrar

Registry-Registrar separation will create interesting circumstances for established registries.

ICANN Senior Vice President Kurt Pritz sent a letter to Neustar Vice President Jeff Neuman last week (pdf) regarding registry-registrar separation.

ICANN’s board dropped a bombshell in November when it said there would be no restrictions on registrars owning registries for new top level domains. Observers questioned how exactly this would work for existing registries such as VeriSign, which runs .com and .net.

In the letter, Pritz points out specific language in the board’s resolution:

ICANN will permit existing registry operators to transition to the new form of registry agreement, except that additional conditions may be necessary and appropriate to address particular circumstances of established registries.

Pritz then tries to clarify what this means for Neustar, which runs .biz:

…if and when ICANN launches the new gTLD program, Neustar will be entitled to serve as both a registry and registrar for new gTLDs subject to any conditions that may be necessary and appropriate to address the particular circumstances of the existing .BIZ registry agreement…

So it’s clear that existing registries will be able to own registrars and offer new gTLDs. But what about existing TLDs? Would a registrar owned by Neustar be able to sell .biz?

The bigger question would be restrictions on VeriSign and .com. If VeriSign buys a registrar, you can expect serious focus from anti-trust authorities.


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.Biz Prices to Increase Along with .Org

September 30, 2010.biz, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, UncategorizedComments Off on .Biz Prices to Increase Along with .Org

Another domain name price increase announced.

.Biz domain name registry NeuStar has informed ICANN (pdf) that it intends to raise wholesale prices for .biz domain names effective April 1, 2011. That’s the same time that Public Interest Registry will raise its rates on .org domain names to $7.21.

The wholesale cost of a .biz domain name will increase from $6.85 to $7.30. That does not include an ICANN fee of $.18 cents that registrars must pay, so the wholesale cost will really be $7.48. With about 2 million domain names registered, .biz will bring in about $15 million to NeuStar per year under the new pricing.

Most domain name registrars I use bake in a fairly healthy margin to .biz domain registrations, so I’m unsure how much of this cost will be passed on to registrars. For example, Go Daddy typically charges $14.99 per year for a .biz domain.


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.Biz Prices to Increase Along with .Org

September 30, 2010.biz, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, UncategorizedComments Off on .Biz Prices to Increase Along with .Org

Another domain name price increase announced.

.Biz domain name registry NeuStar has informed ICANN (pdf) that it intends to raise wholesale prices for .biz domain names effective April 1, 2011. That’s the same time that Public Interest Registry will raise its rates on .org domain names to $7.21.

The wholesale cost of a .biz domain name will increase from $6.85 to $7.30. That does not include an ICANN fee of $.18 cents that registrars must pay, so the wholesale cost will really be $7.48. With about 2 million domain names registered, .biz will bring in about $15 million to NeuStar per year under the new pricing.

Most domain name registrars I use bake in a fairly healthy margin to .biz domain registrations, so I’m unsure how much of this cost will be passed on to registrars. For example, Go Daddy typically charges $14.99 per year for a .biz domain.


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ICANN Board Drops Bomb on Registrars Hoping to Launch New TLDs

March 12, 2010afilias, Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, Neustar, new tlds, Policy & Law, VeriSignComments Off on ICANN Board Drops Bomb on Registrars Hoping to Launch New TLDs

Board opts for separation of registrars and registries for new top level domain names.

ICANN’s board resolved today that there will be “strict separation of entities offering registry services and those acting as registrars. No co-ownership will be allowed.”

However, the board left the possibility open for compromise, stating that if the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) comes up with a compromise, it will consider it.

This is bad news for companies such as Demand Media, which owns registrar eNom and hoped to apply for new top level domain names. It’s good news for incumbent registries VeriSign, Neustar, and Afilias.

The issue of registry/registrar separation has been a hot topic since the start of discussions on new top level domain names. The separation of the .com registry from the registrar business opened the door to massive registrar competition. Without it, it’s fair to wonder if behemoths such as Go Daddy, eNom, and Tucows would be around today.

But proponents of allowing integration — including some of these very same registrars that benefited to separation the first time around — argue that was a different time with a different set of circumstances.

Practically speaking, I don’t think prohibiting registrars from being registries will make that much of a difference in new TLDs. It will just create a headache for registrars as they create separate legal and financial structures to side step the prohibition.


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Go Daddy, Neustar, IPC Say No to Nairobi Meeting

February 16, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, icann, NeustarComments Off on Go Daddy, Neustar, IPC Say No to Nairobi Meeting

Groups back out of Nairobi meeting over security concerns; will test limits of remote participation systems.

NairobiDomain name registrar Go Daddy, registry Neustar, and the Intellectual Property Constituency have all informed ICANN that they will not be attending the upcoming meeting in Nairobi due to security concerns.

Security has been a major concern for the meeting, but was escalated last week after it became known that a suicide bomb attack was planned against the facility where the meeting will be held (although not against the meeting itself).

In a letter to ICANN, Neustar SVP of Gerald J. Kovach of External Affairs wrote:

We had planned to attend the Nairobi meeting, but the latest security update has unfortunately forced us to reconsider. With several key policy issues still unresolved, this wasnot an easy decision for us to make. I am disappointed Neustar had to choose between the safety of its employees and on-site participation in the meeting.

A letter from GoDaddy notes that fewer and fewer people are planning to make the trip, and that it wants ICANN to reconsider postponing the meeting.

The Intellectual Property Constituency was one of the first to raise security concerns, and it is moving forward with plans to hold a separate meeting in New York City. Go Daddy suggested that perhaps a remote participation meeting could be centered in New York.

Fortunately, ICANN has made great progress over recent years enabling remote participation. But it’s not the same as being there.

On the positive side, if a remote pow-wow is held in NYC, it would enable more U.S. domainers to get to know the ICANN process and players.


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On.biz Leads Two Character .Biz Sales Chart

January 11, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, twodotbizComments Off on On.biz Leads Two Character .Biz Sales Chart

Two character .biz auction site has sold hundreds of domains.

dotbizNeustar has auctioned off some of its one and two character .biz domain names through Sedo and Moniker, but last month it started online auctions in conjunction with Pool at TwoDotBiz.biz.

Hundreds of domain names have sold on the auction site, and more sell each day. So far the highest sale is On.biz, which took home $8,100. Here are the top ten sales:

on.biz $8,100
qc.biz $3,300
88.biz 3,200
dr.biz $2,160
bc.biz $2,150
fi.biz $1,752
69.biz $1,650
nb.biz $1,550
un.biz $1,550
ri.biz $1,450

Auctions continue through the end of February. Right now a couple domains closing tomorrow are attracting lots of attention: UI.biz at $1,170 and 3D.biz at $1,010. With all of the focus on 3D media right now, you can expect 3D.biz to close higher.


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Two Character .Biz Domains Selling Daily

December 7, 2009Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Neustar, Pool, twodotbizComments Off on Two Character .Biz Domains Selling Daily

Web site auctioning off two character .biz domains; first domains close today.

TwoDotBizTwoDotBiz.biz, an online auction site for two character .biz domain names, has domain auctions closing daily for the next couple months. The site was set up by Pool in conjunction with .biz registry Neustar.

The first auctions started closing earlier today.

A number of domains are selling for decent prices, with the majority of bids in the low three digit range but some crossing over to four digits. Examples of domains that have sold today include fw.biz at $565, jh.biz at $260, and c4.biz at $210.

Some upcoming auctions are fairing better. 69.biz, which closes on December 8, is at $1,550. 88.biz, also closing on December 8, has reached $1,100.

Neustar has already auctioned off a number of one and two character .biz domain names through auctions at Sedo and Moniker. The highest sale to date is e.biz for $66,001.

Interestingly, Pool didn’t secure the domain name TwoDotBiz.com, which was registered after it registered the .biz domain. The .com currently forwards to a parked page.


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