Today, February 22 2013, Neustar Inc. announced to all of the .biz accredited registrars and ICANN that they will be increasing the annual wholesale .BIZ domain registry fee, effective September 1, 2013, following the required six month notice to Registrars. The annual domain name registration and renewal fees will increase by USD $0.78 from the current USD $7.85 per year to a maximum of USD $8.63 per year. That is an almost 10% price increase.
Neustar Inc., the .biz registry, a per the ICANN registry contract can increase the price of .biz up to 10% every year. The previous increase was done last year on February 1, 2012 ,from $7.30 to $7.85, including the ICANN fee. That was about 7.5%.
In December, PIR, the .org domain name registry, announced a price increase in .org effective July 1st 2013. Registrar price for .org will increase from $7.45 to $8.19. If you add the $0.25 ICANN fee the .org wholesale price will be at $8.44 in July.
Verisign announced that the .net registry fee will be increased from $5.11 to $5.62 effective July 1, 2013 as well.
On November 30th Verisign, Inc., the registry operator for .com, got it’s contact renewed for another 6 years but although Verisign got the contract renewal, it lost the right to raise the wholesale price of .com for the next 6 years. .com price will stay at $7.85 plus the ICANN fee.