Yesterday, February 26 2013, Afilias Limited send a notice to ICANN that they will be increasing the annual wholesale .INFO domain registry fee to $8.16 (including the ICANN fee), effective September 1, 2013, following the required six month notice to Registrars. This is the Maximum Service Fee (as defined in the .INFO Registry Agreement) for annual increments of initial and renewal domain name registrations (including renewals associated with transfers from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another) in the .INFO registry.
The annual domain name registration and renewal fees will increase by USD $0.74 from the current USD $7.42 per year to a maximum of USD $8.16 per year. That is an almost 10% price increase. All prices include the ICANN fee.
Afilias Limited, the .info registry, a per the ICANN registry contract can increase the wholesale price of .info domain names up to 10% every year. The previous increase was done on July 1, 2011 (from $6.75 to $7.42), including the ICANN fee. That was about 10% increase.
On February 22 2013, Neustar Inc. announced they will be increasing the annual wholesale .BIZ domain registry fee to $8.63 per year, effective September 1, 2013.
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.