[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

Tag Archives: Industry Watch

Go ahead, pass the Internet tax. Your (foreign) competitors thank you in advance.

Fotosearch_k5135036The internet is a pretty stupid place to pass a tax, and the US looks well down the road to passing one.

What lawmakers fail to understand is that taxation specific to the internet, ostensibly to boost revenues into government coffers, in practice will probably diminish them as US businesses lose competitiveness against foreign companies.

To our American friends, easyDNS is a foreign company, so don't let us stop you.

We are queuing up an email right now to send to all our US customers and once it passes we'll remind everybody that we're not a US firm and thus … Read the rest

Who are the Best Domain Registrars?

Lifehacker is doing another"Who is the Best Registrar" survey, and of course we've been out there tweeting and #fb-ing for everybody to head on over there and vote….for us :) Of course.

But it got me thinking this morning, shameless self promotion aside, who are the best registrars out there? Aside from us, I mean.

A few come to mind:

Hover.com: Hover really nails simplicity and streamlining things, and in fact they've sat down with us and helped us streamline some of our processes. Because we are so "DNS-centric" we sometimes over-complicate things and lose sight that a … Read the rest

Austerity is for Suckers as Verisign Locks Up .COM

"2. ICANN OBLIGATIONS. 2.3.2 not unreasonably restrain competition and, to the extent feasible, promote and encourage robust competition;"                               – ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement"
While the rest of the world faces austerity measures, governments and people are being told to tighten their belts and make do with less. The tech sector's lot in life is usually in line with this, facing increased competition and falling pricing power. Not so for Verisign, who will soon have it's contract to manage the .COM registry rubber-stamped by ICANN, locking in an annual 7% price hike into the base cost of .com domains. As… Read the rest

Verisign domain takedown proposal very worrisome.

Under a proposed Verisign initiative, all .COM/.NET domains exist at the pleasure of the United States government.

Verisign just released an overview of their proposed "Anti-Abuse Domain Use Policy" Under ICANN's Registry Services Evaluation Process. The program's chief aim is to provide a takedown mechanism of malicious websites distributing malware. In itself, not a bad thing, considering some registrars are unresponsive toward abuse or network stability issues.

However, lumped in with the conditions under which Verisign can invoke their takedown capabilities are some troubling "add ons", as quoted below:

"The new anti-abuse policy, would be implemented though a

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