This week, ICANN holds a meeting in Caïro. One of the things that will be discussed during this meeting is the price for a personal extension. Right now, the price proposal is the following: if you want to register a personal extension, you need to submit an application. This application will cost €150.000 and this amount needs to be paid as soon as you hand in the application. If your application is rejected and you want ICANN to have another look at it, that will cost you €40.000. If your application is approved, you’ll have to pay €60.000 each year to ICANN to support your extension. If this proposal is approved, a personal extension will cost at least €210.000.
Of course, these prices aren’t final yet and are open for discussion. However it is clear that ICANN wants the personal extensions to be self-funding. An other important remark is that once you’ve paid this €210.000 there are still extra costs. For starters there’s the time you need and the work which needs to be done, before you can submit an application. If your application is approved, a technical name-server infrastructure needs to be set up.
If Flanders wants to register .vla or .flanders, they will also need to set up an organisation that will explote this extension. This is also an extra cost beside the application and the technical infrastructure.
We don’t know the final prices for a personal extension yet but is clear that, if you want your own extension, you’ll need to pay a lot of money.
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This post was written by lieve on November 5, 2008