Starting Wednesday, 25 March 2020, the .BIZ registry (Neustar) will be launching their premium domains. These are previously registry reserved names that will be available for registration in 11 premium tiers through domain name registrars.
Prices start at about $30 for the initial domain name registration and go up to about $10,000. Subsequent renewals and transfers are priced at the standard price. That is something like what .club and .global have been doing.
Here are the price tiers from a registrar that made an announcement today:
|Tier||Year 1||Years 2-10 Price||Renew/Transfer Price|
|Category 11||$30 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 10||$55 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 9||$80 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 8||$110 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 7||$275 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 6||$525 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 5||$800 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 4||$1100 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 3||$2750 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 2||$5250 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
|Category 1||$10500 USD||$12.63 USD||$12.63 USD|
In the past few months a lot of .biz expired and deleted domain names were showing up as unavailable for registration. Whois said this: “Reserved Domain Name”. The reserved domains included mainly 3 letter .biz domains and one word .biz domains.
Somehow the new .biz registry agreement does not EXPLICITLY forbids the registry to charge different prices for initial domain name registrations. It does not allow it either.
Premium renewals (charging different renewal prices to premium domains) are not allowed according to the new .biz registry agreement but of course .biz domains have no price caps (just like .info and .org) so Neustar can increase ALL renewals to whatever they want.
“In addition, Registry Operator must have uniform pricing for renewals of domain name registrations (“Renewal Pricing”). For the purposes of determining Renewal Pricing, the price for each domain registration renewal must be identical to the price of all other domain name registration renewals in place at the time of such renewal, and such price must take into account universal application of any refunds, rebates, discounts, product tying or other programs in place at the time of renewal.”
I don’t see where the .biz agreement states that Neustar can reserve any domain names it wishes but I guess they will say that is not EXPLICITLY forbidden either.
We welcome Neustar to the domaining community (NOT!) and we expect .info and .org to follow quickly. .COM will be next? All this while all these registries talk down to domain investors.