Senior Vice President
Here We Go Again...Another New gTLD Registry Practice to Navigate
It seems like only yesterday when ICANN opened up the application process for the new gTLD Program, but amazingly, it was actually almost four years ago! To date, over 750 new gTLDs have been added to the root zone…an incredible number when you think about the landscape previously, which had less than two dozen gTLDs. In Dublin, it was clear that this initial gTLD round is nearing an end as ICANN is going through the process of contracting and delegating the remaining strings. Even as that activity is ongoing, the work to review the overall launch of the gTLD program has... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Is .SUCKS Pricing Model Gaining Traction With Other Registries?
Until the launch of the New gTLD Program, TLD launches were relatively straightforward.  They generally consisted of a Sunrise Period, a Landrush Phase, and then General Availability.  We would see the occasional Grandfather Phase or “Founders” program, but all in all, launches were pretty standard and straightforward. Things started to change with the launch of the new gTLD program.  Not only did the volume of launches increase, causing brand owners to make tough decisions about what and where to register, we were introduced to new launch phases, including Early Access Programs (EAP) and controversial pricing models.  When the .SUCKS registry announced... Read More
When we originally heard about Vox Populi's plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners. I was extremely hopeful when I heard that their plan to charge $25,000 had been changed, and that a new pricing structure would be introduced. Honestly, I was expecting to see sunrise fees on the order of $100 to $200 dollars. And... Read More
MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... Read More
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and that I’m now publishing my 5th Annual Domain Name Year in Review. It’s sort of fun to look back 5 years ago to see how much things have changed, especially as focus has shifted to issues related to the launch and use of new gTLDs. Of course, much has stayed the same too. Concerns related to domain name security and domain portfolio management are still important. With so much going on in this past year though, it was difficult to keep the list to just 10 items. But here... Read More

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Alison Simpson
With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More