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Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Commentary: It's Only a Few Dollars...

There are those that argue: "So what if VeriSign wants to charge a few more bucks for its .com registry service? Why should this get anybody bent of out shape?"

Fair question, if you're an average American wage-earner... but what if you're a domain name registrant from Cambodia or somewhere else in the world? After all, .com is a global TLD.

Norbert Klein, an ICANN GNSO Council member (from Cambodia) reports that "the monthly salary of a high school teacher in Cambodia is between US$25 and US$35." And the costs of Internet access? $13.80 monthly for dial-up, and $77 monthly for broadband." In the Developing World costs matter; domain name registration price increases matter. When you're on the other side of the Digital Divide, it matters.

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