.eu domain name renewal rate tops 80% in 2013

On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

“Internet users want to be able to express themselves online through TLDs that inspire feelings of trust, quality and security,” explains EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “.eu has always had the reputation of being a quality and trustworthy domain, and the renewal rate is proof that our registrants feel the same way.”

That end-users, particularly businesses, are keen to benefit from the quality and trustworthiness conveyed by the .eu brand is further underlined by the fact that the TLD has the highest percentage of business websites when compared with the largest gTLDs, according to the latest website categorisation report published by EURid in collaboration with the Statistics Research Centre of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

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Hustler.Clothing New gTLD Domain Name Suspended Because Of Pending WHOIS Verification

The New gTLD domain name hustler.clothing has been suspended for 2 weeks now. The domain name is owned by Larry Flint Productions that is the owner of Hustler magazine and hustler.com.

The domain was suspended because ICANN and the 2013 RAA require that the domain registrant’s contact information or changes to the registrant’s WHOIS information be verified within 15 calendar days. If the data is not verified in this timeframe, ICANN mandates that the website be suspended pending the verification.

The domain was registered on February 6th and was suspended on March 3rd. That is already 15 days that the domain has been suspended and no one at Larry Flint Productions has
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Go Daddy Refunds EAP Pre-Registration Fees to Affected Customers

I posted an article yesterday about Go Daddy not refunding the Early Access Program (EAP) fee of Donuts EAP pre-registrations. A few hours later I received an email from the “Office of the CEO – GoDaddy”. Now I have $2,850 in my credit card refunded from Go Daddy.

(I had also contacted support before I read the email so I am not sure if Go Daddy reacted with the refunds before I contacted them or not.)

I don’t know what happened here as the Go Daddy is constantly revising it’s help section at http://support.godaddy.com/help/article/8959/donuts-gtld-prereg-refunds-and-auctions. I am almost 100% sure that when I read this help section 2-3 weeks ago it stated that only the registration fee was supposed to be refunded in case Go Daddy missed the EAP pre-registration order. Maybe it was a mistake from the beginning and they mixed it up with some other category. I guess we will never know but the fact now is that EAP fees are supposed to be refunded but there was/is a problem with the refunds.

The fact that all charges appeared in my orders as “Day 5 Early Registration Fee (non-refundable) $150″ didn’t make this easier to see through. I also didn’t get refunded 19 EAP pre-registration fees for failed EAP orders. I only got refunded the registration fee.

This is part of the email I got from the “Office of the CEO – GoDaddy”: Continue reading

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to European Registrar OVH SAS

On the 12th of March ICANN granted a data retention waiver to European registrar OVH SAS. There are a lot more registrars that are waiting for this waiver such as Irish Registrar Blacknight that Is Furious At ICANN Because Of RAA 2013.

OVH SAS (“Registrar”) submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request (“Waiver Request”) on the basis of Registrar’s contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA violates applicable law in France.

ICANN hereby grants Registrar a limited waiver from compliance with certain provisions of the 2013 RAA on the following terms: Continue reading

Verisign: US announcement does not affect operation of the .com and .net registries

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the global leader in domain names, today provided a statement on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions.

The announcement by NTIA on Friday, March 14, 2014, does not affect Verisign’s operation of the .com and .net registries. The announcement does not impact Verisign’s .com or .net domain name business nor impact its .com or .net revenue or those agreements, which have presumptive rights of renewal.

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Go Daddy is inclined to miss EAP pre-registrations: They keep the EAP fee and pay nothing to Donuts

I started writing this post thinking of one thing and realized that something else was more important. Look at the conclusion at the end of this post. This blew my mind.

I am sure a lot of people already know this first bit but I thought that I should give a heads up to those that don’t. Some may have seen it happen to their EAP pre-registration orders with Go Daddy. The point is that Go Daddy will NOT refund the EAP fee if your EAP pre-registration fails. But the main problem is different…

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ICANN reacts to U.S. decision to transfer stewardship of important Internet technical functions

ICANN Board Chair, Steve Crocker, reacts to U.S. decision to transfer stewardship of important Internet technical functions: Continue reading

United States Announces Intent to Release ICANN and Internet DNS in September 2015

To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on Friday its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

NTIA’s responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to Continue reading

Afternic/Go Daddy Weekly Domain Sales: GoZone.com $15,000, How.co $13,890 (3-3-14 to 3-9-14)

Afternic and Go Daddy published their combined weekly domain name sales. The total sales for week 3-3-14 to 3-9-14 were $1.907.184.

This report includes some nice .co sales such as how.co for $13,890, eyecandy.co for $4,999 and reve.co for $1,000.

A lot of domains sales were not reported because the seller and/or buyer asked Afternic/Godaddy to keep the sale confidential. Also only sales above $1,000 are reported. This is a list of the reported domain names sales at Afternic and Go Daddy and their prices: Continue reading

Nominet celebrates the 25th birthday of the web

Almost half (46%) of Brits say best thing the web has given each of us is an ability to quickly find answers to our questions, according to a new poll from Nominet, the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure.

The poll* was commissioned as part of a celebration of the web’s birthday today, marking 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the paper that served as the blueprint for the modern web.

Results show the other widespread benefits of the web are Continue reading