ICANN to Consider Dropping Domain Tasting Policy

A few weeks ago I posted about a horrible business practice being leveraged by Network Solutions. This week I found a New York Times article about how ICANN is now considering dropping the loophole that allowed Network Solutions to hose unknowing and naive Domain hunters.

The overall problem with Domain Tasting can be understood with the following excerpt:

A study released earlier this month by ICANN shows how bad the problem has become over the last two years. In January 2005, there were 1.7 million .com and .net domains registered. Of those, 700,000, or 41 percent, were deleted during the grace period, for a total net increase of 1 million domains.

During January 2007, 51 million domains were registered, but 48 million were deleted, or about 94 percent. 'There was a net increase of 3 million names but most of the rest were just being 'tasted',' the report said.

Honestly it is sad to say that keeping the dimes here and there will cause a financial burden on these companies. Of course to be a registrar cost an enormous amount more than the annual registration fee. There are annual registrar fees that are hefty, required staff you must pay and infrastructure setups to maintain just to retain your accreditation.

This will curb the practice, but seriously. This is so much like the way SMTP is specified in the RFC so that SPAMMERS can operate. The good news is this is easier to fix.

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