.AR Opens up to Second Level Registrations – GA Pushed to March 10th

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.AR General Availability

.AR is the country code for Argentina and recently they started a process to allow second level registrations. Meaning you can get GreatName.ar, instead of previously being limited to greatname.com.ar

I Spoke with Simon Penchansky, COO at Toweb, one of our sponsors, about .ar.  Simon is based in South America. We use Toweb to manage registrations in global cctlds, especially those with complex registration requirements.

Simon shared the General Availability opens March 10th 2020, midnight local time which is GMT -3. That means it is March 9th, late night, for many North American investors, and various … Read the rest

Do We Need The “cc” Anymore? ccTLD Updates and .GG Notes

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One of our sponsors Toweb keeps an eye out for the news in cctlds.  I use them for registrations in countries that have residency requirements and/or manual processes.  I’ll review some cctld topics and .GG in todays post.  Btw, I think the “cc” will soon be dropped and we may call all domains just TLD’s or Domains.

What are cctlds?  These are the 2 Letter combinations used to identify local domain names for countries globally.  They are usually owned and managed by the country, operate separate from ICANN from an authority point of view; but are inside the internet community … Read the rest

Godaddy buys Uniregistry. Uniregistry Names will be on Fast Transfer

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Godaddy acquires Uniregistry

Congratulations Godaddy and Frank Schilling at Uniregistry for the acquisition.

I have been customers of both for many years.  I hope they both learn from the things each has done well.

One benefit for me personally is Uniregistry names will be eligible for Fast Transfer at afternic.

From the extended press release. “We will be adding Afternic DLS Fast Transfer”

Now “when” could be 2 years, but I am hoping its quicker.

On consolidation.  My personal feeling is Godaddy has done less innovation since they started acquiring companies. They keep the registration platform and administration working, … Read the rest

Will Verisign Advertise or Embrace Investors? Or Page Predicts Registrations Could be Down in 2020.

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Verisign reported their quarterly results, the last before their projected price increases kick in. It looks like they will need the price increases.  The results are flattish to disappointing, and I don’t think that bodes well for the future unless they start marketing.  But marketing hurts margins, and every $.01 miss on earning punishes the stock, will they have the courage to spend on marketing? I hope so.  .COM is still the best global TLD.

Even though they “say” they expect the name base to to increase 2-4%, I don’t see how that is possible as the average duration of … Read the rest

Page Howe’s Exclusive, In-Depth and Please Stop Laughing Guide to Namescon Prep. Wheres the Poker Game?

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Counting down the names to Namescon and here is my prep work I’m doing right now to be ready.

Hotel – Don’t tell anyone but there is some room at the Omni, and at friendlier price than the $450 a night you may see at other times.  Checkout the main site.  Tuesday and Wednesday are the tough nights. Thursday Friday possibly better. Good luck.

Hotel (Bonus) – Looks like you can do some conditional space available upgrades. Don’t hate me if I try to save a few bucks, (to buy some more domains) and grab some Club Floor Love for … Read the rest

2002 Vint Cerf “The Internet is for Everyone” RFC 1372

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” let us also seek to stimulate regulatory policies that take advantage of the power of competition to reduce costs. ”  Vint Cerf RFC 3271 2002

In 2002 Vert Cerf, the leading proponent of the Internet Society money grab on .org. was singing a different tune.

From RFC 3271 in 2002.
“The Internet is for everyone – but it won’t be if it isn’t affordable by all that wish to partake of its services, so we must dedicate ourselves to making the Internet as affordable as other infrastructures so critical to our well-being. While we follow Moore’s Law to reduce
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ICANN’s Icarus Moment – Only Their Actions Can Delegitimize Themselves

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Is ICANN itself a threat to the safety and security of the Internet.

OPINION. by H.Page Howe

Recently highlighted by CircleID, The NRO, one of the more independent administrative bodies governing the Internet,  took an unprecedented move to weigh in on the increasing move away from any sense of listening to the public by ICANN in its decisions.

ICANN has expertly removed itself from all accountability to the US Government, or anyone else. With a war chest of $300,000,000 and complete rule over its elections and rules; ICANN plays a constant game of jurisdictional hopscotch between those looking for … Read the rest

No More Verisign Blog Top Ten Lists. Yacaibet gets 40,000 registrations?

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Verisign Blog Monthly Lists Haven’t Been Issued Since August

Over the past few years Verisign, on their blog, has reported some Top Ten lists of keywords or strings registered in .com and .net.  This hasn’t always been the most registered names, just names trending up compared to the past.  I haven’t seen a list since a September post for August domains.

I posted about my predictions for the Top Ten Lists for October and how some words that didn’t make sense were showing up… and some trademarks.  Some unique words started to appear like gate, quibet, yacai. Some of these … Read the rest

Not Just Traitors, .CA compares .Com Users To Sex Offenders

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ccTLD Updates. .CA goes negative and .CO In Dispute

The .CA Authority has “gone negative” in their promotion to encourage registration of .CA names for Canadian residents and businesses.  While the first set of ads encouraged patriotism and logic (Showing stats Canadians prefer .ca); now its full-on guilt and shaming.  Using a term from Political campaigning where a candidate attacks their rivals, this is called “going negative”.

.CA’s recent advertising called .com registrants traitors and suggested they are similar to registered offenders.  They were running commercials in Canada with police chasing .com registrants. Hey don’t hold back, tell me what … Read the rest

Has Anything Changed in the Past Five Years in the Domain Business?

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As I contemplate the trip to Austin for Namescon in a month, I wonder if anything has really changed in our Business in the past five years. I will be bringing some new insights on domain name investing and community in February. I want to know who else is disrupting. My conclusion is we have become pretty insular.

For me I still like buying and selling internet real estate and educating domain investors and the public on the domain name industry.  I am a Domain “homer”. I still don’t make enough money on sales to buy everything I want…. maybe … Read the rest