[ga] Dot-Pro tries to get fee reductions from ICANN
- To: GNSO GA Mailing List <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [ga] Dot-Pro tries to get fee reductions from ICANN
- From: George Kirikos <gkirikos@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:06:41 -0700 (PDT)
The following letter posted to ICANN's website might be of interest:
where a registry who already had a contract with ICANN is trying to gain
In the world of ICANN, if you're a registry operator, you can promise the world
when you apply for a new gTLD, but if things don't work out, you simply ask for
concessions. The rule should be "a contract is a contract is a contract"
(unless it's an anti-competitive one that is against the public interest, like
the monopoly dot-com contracts, where the government or the courts should feel
free to break/void those contracts to protect consumers).
Go back to their initial business plan/application/approval:
In D13.2.2 of the 2nd link:
" A detailed profit and loss account that provides a breakdown of revenue and
costs on a monthly basis. From a revenue perspective, we have assumed that
RegistryPro commences operations in month 6 and that during the initial sunrise
and landrush period, 1,000,000 registrations are sold. After this period,
registrations are anticipated to be approximately 90,000 a month and increase
at between 0% to 10% per month depending on the level of marketing activity."
Keep reading the above links for their fiction about the "demand for .pro",
their marketing plan, etc. (and keep that in mind whenever you read anything
from new gTLD advocates, including ICANN). And then go back to their letter to
"A lower fee would enable the registry to invest in marketing and branding
initiatives that will make us competitive with other similarly sized
Hmmm, what about your original BUSINESS PLAN???
.pro is a failed registry, with only 36,000 registrations after 6 years. It
should be put out of its misery and be phased out of the root. They should
serve as a poster child of why new gTLDs are a bad idea.