New gTLD to increase prices 10x, add blockchain voting service

Discussion in 'New GTLDs' started by JulienJ, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. JulienJ

    JulienJ India Member

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    The new gTLD .voting is to suffer a steep price increase as its registry bakes a new “e-voting solution” into its offering.

    Valuetainment, the Germany-based registry, informed registrars of its decision recently.

    While I don’t know the exact figures involved, it appears the annual wholesale cost of a .voting domain will rise more than tenfold.

    Currently, the retail price of a .voting domain can range from $60 to $100 per year. After June 1, that price is likely to start around the $600 mark.

    But the registry also told registrars it plans to bundle in with each domain an “e-voting solution” in which “votes are anchored in the blockchain”. There would be no additional charge for this service.

    This actually smells a bit like innovation, something the new gTLD program has lacked to date but which sometimes scares away registrars that see mainly implementation and support costs.

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    Terrible idea.