[council] FW: ICANN News Alert -- AGP Deletes Down by 84%

Mike Rodenbaugh icann at rodenbaugh.com
Thu Nov 20 01:19:28 UTC 2008

Below is the 'news alert' from ICANN about the effect of the budget measure
designed to mitigate commercial domain tasting, by imposing the .20 ICANN
fee on every domain deleted over the threshold of 10% of any registrar's net
adds in a month.  There has definitely been a positive impact, with AGP
deletes down 84% overall.


Unfortunately, ICANN does not mention that one registrar - NameKing --
accounted for nearly 40% of the .com AGP deletes in July (956,000, vs.
12,000 adds).  Another family of registrars - eNom - accounted for
approximately 25% of them (559,000 vs. 203,000 adds). 

See Verisign registry report here:


It is particularly glaring that just two registrars accounted for 1.5
million AGP deletes in .com in one month, apparently disregarding the will
of the Council and ICANN Board, entirely.  Neither ICANN nor Verisign have
mentioned why it is taking so long for Verisign to implement the GNSO
Council resolution that might mitigate the NameKing and eNom domain tasting
business model, as was clearly intended by a supermajority of Council and
the ICANN Board.  Fwiw, many in the Business Constituency are interested to
have some indication of when the resolution will be implemented, and why it
has not been implemented to date.  



Mike Rodenbaugh



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Subject: ICANN News Alert -- AGP Deletes Down by 84%


 <http://www.icann.org/> ICANN

News Alert



AGP Deletes Down by 84%

13 November 2008

In June 2008, the ICANN Board approved the FY09 Budget that contained a
provision on AGP deletes. The provision is that domain names deleted during
the AGP will be included as transactions if they exceed the maximum of (i)
10% of that registrar's net new registrations in that month, or (ii) fifty
(50) domain names, whichever is greater. Therefore the per-transaction fee,
currently US$0.20, will be assessed on all AGP deletes that exceed the
defined threshold. 

This provision was adopted as a short-term solution to address excessive AGP
delete activity until the consensus policy on domain tasting, now referred
to as the AGP Limits Policy, is implemented. The Policy and draft
implementation plan were posted for public comment on 20 October 2008 (see,
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-20oct08-en.htm) and are
expected to be announced for implementation in early December. 

Following implementation of the Board approved budget provision that affects
the "domain tasting fee," names added and subsequently deleted during the
five-day AGP declined from approximately 17.6M in June 2008 to 2.8M in July
2008. Of the 2.8M AGP deletes in July, approximately 2.6M were subject to
the registrar-level transaction fee defined by the provision. Therefore, it
is expected that the quantity of AGP deletes will continue to decline until
few or none are subject to the transaction fee.

ICANN will continue to provide updates to the community on AGP delete
activity following the three-month confidentiality period for gTLD monthly
reports. These reports may be viewed at


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