ICANN Adds New Registration Fee, Readies for Strategic Plan Launch

Gretchen Gallen
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has officially implemented a new fee for domain name registrations, XBiz has learned.

According to a GoDaddy.com representative, a 25 cent per-domain name registration fee will go into effect on Nov. 1 and will apply to all registrations moving forward.

The fee will be applied to all ICANN controlled domains, including .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info. and .name.

"We just follow their orders," said the representative in response to ICANN's new order. "We're subject to their terms."

In another announcement, ICANN announced plans to release its proposed three-year Strategic Plan aimed at improving the governing board's business practices.

According to ICANN, while the plan will guide ICANN from 2005-2007, it will be updated annually by the executive board to respond to policy resolutions and interests of ICANN's diverse constituencies.

ICANN underwent a reform process during 2002 that restructured and strengthened its policy process.

"This Strategic Plan does not revisit the reform process but focuses on defining strategic priorities for operational roles only, those required to sustain a stable, global and multi-stakeholder organization, and to support the organization's policy development process," ICANN said in a statement. "This Plan also does not seek to make any statement or limitation on how the Internet community may seek to engage the ICANN policy forum, or prescribe any future direction for policy development."

ICANN is also on the verge of handing down approval for two new sponsored top-level domains, .post and .travel.