After reversing its 2007 decision to avoid an .xxx suffix for porn sites, the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the distinction in a 9-3 vote — with four abstentions — of the board that went against the ICANN Government Advisory Committee’s advice. [More]
This Thursday, ICANN will vote on next fiscal year’s budget, and included in that is a provision to charge 20 cents per registration for domain names that are deleted during the grace period. There will still be a refundable grace period, but if the “level of deletions exceeds 10 percent of a registrar’s net new registrations in that month,” the fee kicks in—in effect, making front running uneconomical. Network Solutions is urging ICANN to approve it, and has said that it will stop pre-registering domains if the provision is approved.