[DNS] ICANN Board Recommends Action on Domain Tasting

[DNS] ICANN Board Recommends Action on Domain Tasting

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Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:05:04 +1100


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ICANN <http://www.icann.org/> 

News Alert



ICANN Board Recommends Action on Domain Tasting

Suggested fee change would effectively eliminate tasting

29 January 2008

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers is looking to effectively end domain tasting with a proposal to
start charging the annual ICANN fee on registrar domain registrations. 

Domain tasting is the use of the Add Grace Period to test the
profitability of a domain name registration. The AGP is a five-day
period following the initial registration of a domain name when the
registration may be deleted and a credit can be issued to a registrar.

"Domain tasting has been an issue for the Internet community and ICANN
is offering this proposal as a way to stop tasting," said Dr Paul
Twomey, ICANN's President and CEO. "Charging the ICANN fee as soon as a
domain name is registered would close the loophole used by tasters to
test a domain name's profitability for free."

AGP was originally introduced by registries so registrars could avoid
costs if a domain name was mistyped or misspelled during the
registration process. It is part of the .com, .net, .org, .info, .name,
.pro, and .biz registry contracts.

Tasting has been a serious challenge for the Internet community and has
grown exponentially since 2004. In January 2007 the top 10 domain
tasters accounted for 95% of all deleted .com and .net domain names - or
45,450,897 domain names out of 47,824,131 total deletes.

The proposal will be part of the ICANN budget process for the fiscal
year starting 1 July 2008. The early draft version of that budget will
be released for and discussed at ICANN's New Delhi meeting later this
month. After public discussions of this proposal and other budget
issues, the proposed budget will be released for addition discussions by
17 May 2008 and be voted on at the board meeting to be held during the
ICANN meeting in Paris in June. ICANN accredited registrars representing
two-thirds of fees collected will be asked to approve the proposal. 

"This idea came from the ICANN community and we think it is a viable
solution the Internet community has been seeking," Dr Twomey added. 

About ICANN: 

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's
system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and
country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet
protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet.
Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's
operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly to develop
policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability.
ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit
company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org
<http://www.icann.org/> . 

Media Contacts:
Jason Keenan 
Media Adviser, ICANN 
Ph: +1 310 382 4004 
E: jason.keenan&#167;icann.org 

International: Andrew Robertson 
Edelman (London) 
Ph: +44 7921 588 770 
E: andrew.robertson&#167;edelman.com


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