|Domain Names: About the InterNIC fee for domain names|
Q. Hey! A while ago, I asked you to register a domain name for me, and you charged me $40. Now I have this invoice for $70 from InterNIC in Herndon, VA. What's up? A. The InterNIC is billing existing holders and new registrants of domain names for a $35/year fee per name, billed biannually. For the details straight from the InterNIC, see http://rs.internic.net/announcements/fee-policy.html Q. Isn't this double-billing? I'd known I'd be double-billed, I would have just submitted the application myself since I already had one. A. Unfortunately, that's not the way things work in the ever-changing world of the Internet. To get a domain name registered, you have to have a sponsor, a provider who has servers registered with the InterNIC as providing "authoritive primary and secondary name service." Among other things, this means having machines on the Internet 24-hours a day, and having arrangements with other providers to provide backup name service. We're happy to sponsor our customers for domain names, and to provide name service for those names. But we'll do this on two conditions: - We submit the application for a new name, or the change-of- authority application needed to move a domain name you already have from another provider to us. - You pay us $75 for the application processing, primary and secondary name registration, and continuing nameservice for the life of your service with us. Because of how nameservice works on the Internet, Bad Things can happen if incorrect domain name applications are submitted to the InterNIC and inadvertantly registered. This has happened to us more than once, and it took weeks and much pain to resolve the problems. You don't gain a thing by submitting your own application -- even if you have a name registered, we'll still charge you $75 for the administration of the name here. Other providers here and across the U.S. charge a fee *every year* for maintaining a domain name; we charge a one-time fee that covers domain-name service for as long as you maintain an account with us. Q. Okay, then: what's this yearly fee from InterNIC? A. InterNIC plays its own part in the domain name game; they register names, deal with disputes and lawsuits, and maintain the root nameservers that all the other nameservers on the Internet use to resolve to .com, .net, and other top-level domains. They're charging a fee of $35/year, billed biannually, for that service. Costed out by the day, it's cheap and reasonable, given what they do. And believe me, they won't be getting rich off those fees. They're still behind the eight-ball as far as being able to manage the burgeoning load as domain names become enormously popular. Northwest Nexus has no position with regard to whether InterNIC has the right to charge a fee for registering domain names. We do, however, point out that $35/year seems a remarkably low fee for what you get, even if one's name is a "vanity" name instead of a business name or a domain for a working network. Q. Can I register my own name if I provide my own primary name service? A. Yes. If you have a permanent, full-time connection to the InterNIC and run an authorative nameserver, you can submit your own application to the InterNIC for a domain name. If you want us to provide secondary name service, you must make arrangements with us *before* submitting your application. ___________________________________________________________________________ Copyright 1996 Northwest Nexus Inc. All Rights Reserved. This document may not be reproduced nor redistributed in any form without express permission; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.