Verisign announces another .com price hike

Get ready to pay more for .com domains starting in September.

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Verisign today announced that it will raise prices on .com domains again this year. Prices will increase from today’s wholesale price of $8.39 to $8.97 on September 1, 2022. (Registrars add their own markup to this fee.) That’s a 7% increase, the maximum allowable under a contract with ICANN that is approved by the U.S. government.


For years, the wholesale price of .com domains was frozen at $7.85 after the Obama administration nixed annual price hikes. But under the Trump administration, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration granted Verisign the right to increase prices 7% per year for the last four years of each six-year contract extension. This will be the second price hike under the current contract, so you can expect prices to increase 7% again in 2023 and 2024, too.

Verisign struck its deal with the government before inflation hit 7%. I imagine that if this inflation level doesn’t end up being transitory, we can expect the company to ask for bigger price increases.

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