Will ICANN Add A Tax On Dot Coms?
from the they're-moving-in-that-direction dept
Late last year, we noted that ICANN was trying to slip in an extra $0.75/year/domain "tax" on all .net domain holders. At the time, we noted it was expected that they would expand this tax to other domains (despite the fact that a few years ago the group was slapped down in its attempt to charge an extra buck per domain, since the group has no authority to impose a tax). Apparently, not enough people got upset about the $0.75 issue, because ICANN has come back and quietly slipped a $2/year/domain tax on all .jobs and .travel domains. Next up may be .coms -- since the existing contract expires in 2007. Why does ICANN need all this extra money? That's not particularly clear. They're already getting much more money thanks to the controversial budget they got approved last year, that makes life difficult for smaller registrars. No wonder ICANN refused to open its books to its own board members and then kicked off the board members who simply wanted to see what they were doing with the public's money.