Internet Governance 04/10/2007

A bit of common sense about price increases

As coverage of Verisign’s planned price increase for registration of .com and .net domain names continues, it is worth looking back at a Zogby poll we commissioned just last May. That poll confirmed what common sense had already told us: despite noisy complaints from a few critics, over two-thirds of 1,200 small business website owners surveyed said they would support a small price increase in order to pay for improvements to the security and stability of the domain name system.  In fact, the modest 42 cent fee increase just announced will cover only a fraction of the $100 million that VeriSign is investing to defend against increasingly sophisticated attacks and build out the infrastructure required to handle an explosion of new Internet traffic. Seems like a small price to pay for integrity and reliability of the Internet domain name system.

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