How the battle over domain prices could drastically change the web

Net neutrality has been repealed and a few big tech monopolies control most of the internet. Now things might get even worse for consumers with a decision that could send prices for .org, and eventually .com, domains skyrocketing, making running a website prohibitively expensive.

“Yes, Public Interest Registry is now free to charge whatever price they determine for any .org domain name,” confirmed Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall in an email. He also explained that PIR can now charge even more for registrations for specific names that it determines to be “premium” quality. While domain speculators already charge higher fees for premium domains on the aftermarket, this move would essentially cut out the middleman and allow the registry to directly profit.

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