April 5, 2007 3:19 PM PDT

VeriSign to raise domain fees

VeriSign on Thursday said it that it will increase the fees it charges for Internet domains ending in .com or .net.

Starting October 15, VeriSign will charge $6.42 for .com domains and $3.85 for .net domains, it said in a statement. The fees are charged to domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Tucows, which typically handle domain registration for customers.

The new prices represent a 7 percent price increase for .com domains, for which VeriSign currently charges $6, and a 10 percent rise for .net domains, which cost $3.50.

"This will be the first registry fee increase for .com and .net since the fee structure was put in place by ICANN in 1999," VeriSign said. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulates Internet domain name and address registration.

VeriSign's move isn't without controversy. The Mountain View, Calif., company controls the master database of both domains and as such has a monopoly on .com and .net registrations. The dispute over the cost of domain names even made it to Capitol Hill.

VeriSign argues the price increase is warranted because the volume of Internet traffic and domain name system queries have risen significantly since 1999. In addition, the company has had to make investments to defend the .com and .net infrastructures against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, VeriSign said.

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Stopping SPAM
Here's an idea I had. Why not add a reservation deposit on website names? If a site is closed due to it being a spam site, then they forfeit the deposit. People will stop spamming as much if they wind up losing money on sites that get closed before they can enough of what they want to make it worth while.
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very cool idea. i'd support it - $500/1000 down?
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Hmmm... Not really a bad idea, just so the real spammers are being nailed.

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Why a deposit wouldn't work
Domains registered by criminal spam gangs that are responsible for the bulk of spam volume are usually "paid" using stolen credit cards.

By the time the card holder sees an unauthorized item on the statement, the site has already been created and used. When they dispute the charge the site is deleted.

With your proposal the deposit would be unenforceable because the card holder never signed up for the spam domain in the first place.
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