Price Increase for .org Domains

    May 14, 2008

This year brings bad news for .org domain owners. Public Internet Registry (PIR), the company that operates the .org domains, is raising its rates by 10% or $.60.

The current price is $6.15, but is being raised to $6.75. The increase applies to renewing, transferring, and registering new domains.

PIR notified the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of its increase but did not include a reason why. PIR does not need approval from ICANN to raise its rates, but it is limited in the amount it raises its fee each year. According to the ICANN registry agreement, .org domains cannot be increased more than 1.1 times the previous years maximum service fees.

The increase will not affect individual customers as dramatically as it will affect groups that operate multiple domains. It could however, be worse. Since PIR’s registry agreement with ICANN began at $6.00 in 2006, the fee could justifiably be raised to $7.76. As the old saying goes, there’s always something to be thankful for.

The 10% increase will officially begin on November 9 of this year.

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