Today I make a post from a concerned auDA member who makes a good point.
He is asking that Change Of Registrant information (COR) for domain names be FREE from July 1st, 2018, when Afilias take over the operation of the Australian Domain Registry system.
Stakeholders remain concerned that auDA management and Board have not in fact improved in the answering of many questions and issues at all in most cases and this has ballooned into overall dissatisfaction in auDA’s management of the .au name space.
A simple example below I have been asking auDA about for over 15 years, is about the COR (Change Of Registrant) costs and fees. The communications on forums clearly show both demand and supply want a FREE easy COR process from auDA and this has not been done.
The hold up to FREE COR is with auDA and with a new Wholesale registry provider starting 1st July 2018 this item should always have been part of the .au wholesale registry subcontractor transition planning and testing.
auDA simply does not answer and does not provide any details or updates on how important items, questions, concerns are being actioned or may be actioned. This is why stakeholders take to forums, media and contact with the government plus demand SGM’s (Special General Meetings – like the one coming up on July 27)
Overall items such as this mean the .au name space is not as easy to have a domain name, compared to .com and other ccTLD’s. Most global extensions have free COR, even the Philippines, which is a manual form process.
Both Supply and Demand have requested the issue of free COR for the .au name space for years. This needs to be addressed and implemented. auDA has failed to manage this very simple item for many years now.
The concerned auDA member definitely has a point.
He goes on to say:
I have raised FREE COR’s with auDA and even the PRP directly numerous times without any proper responses or actioning.
auDA need to get onto this now or it will become a media story and .au domain name Consumer issue, especially once the 1 – 5 year timeframes come into play in 2 weeks.
Most of the current 1543 global domain name extensions have FREE COR and the remaining license period is transferred.
auDA has failed to update its processes and policy on this. It creates unneeded extra red tape for supply and demand.
The security aspects of FREE COR and remaining period of license being transferred to the new registrant have been handled with other extensions since domains names started.
There are indeed some good points here.
It’s interesting when he talks about “remaining license period is transferred”.
For example, if someone has renewed their domain name for 2 years, just recently, and they sell the domain name to someone after July 1st (in a couple of weeks), and that new owner registers the domain name for 5 years, then auDA and the Registrar basically make 7 years worth of Renewal money but only have to supply the domain name for 5 years.
The current COR-fee system doesn’t really seem fair, does it?