Love it! Clubhouse Brings in New Domain Name Owners and Investors,

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Like all of those in the industry, I like domain names, and really think website owners should own and operate websites away from social media and apps. Now hundreds of folks in a diverse group of new entrants are excited about domain names, and have bought thousands. And what I see in the reaction is they need to be throttled back.. why?

I know the first instinct from the domain community has been to encourage them to add balance, stop registering lower priced names etc etc. We all want others to learn from our mistakes, and not give the industry … Read the rest

What Will O.com Fetch? Money and/or a new Operator for .Com?

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Greg Thomas penned a post in CircleID today about the process, and potential future outcomes of the rushed O.com auction process. He concludes:

it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that hoping intransigence will result in an outcome other than a full competition review of .com — a long-overdue follow-up to DOJ’s 2012 analysis which has already been requested by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee — is putting a lot of shareholder value at risk…….

The point being the auction of O.com, as a door opener for the remaining one character domain names, could be a door … Read the rest

Redemption Fee Waivers and CV Emergency – Should We Stop Expired Names Auctions?

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OPINION  by H. Page Howe

This may not be a popular post, but it feels right.

I think we should defer expired name auctions as an industry for 60 days… and stop pending deletes right away.  Just delay, they still come up in the current way 60 days from now.

Verisign has announced it will reduce the wholesale redemption fee for names in redemption period.

Other registrars have agreed to waive the Registrar markup-up or charge for the extra year plus a little. So in a normal, post grace period restoration, you had the Verisign Fee, plus a registrar markup. … Read the rest

.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