The good reputation of .com
Here is a story that happened in August 2018. In France, a hotel employee received an email from a software company which had the email domain cicd.biz. In this email, a representative of the company wanted a detailed quote from the hotel for a stay. The hotel employee didn’t trust the domain name because it was a .biz. At first sight, you may wonder why does this hotel employee react so badly. On a daily basis, this hotel receives spams, scams, false booking requests and unsolicited advertisements from .biz, .cc. .tk domains. They are now very careful before answering complicated requests. Usually, serious bookings from companies come from user emails with a .com domain or country TLD domain. For the hotel employees, email domains extensions (TLDs) like .biz, .tk, .xyz are associated with spams and also scams.
The benefit of the US jurisdiction
Thanks to the second amendment of the United States Constitution, freedom of speech is protected in the USA. The .com domains are operated by a US-based company named Verisign. On the other hand, the Lybian authorities took
Let’s take an example
The pricing regulations
Every 6 years, A contract is signed between Verisign the .com operator and ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This contract determines the possible .com price rise during the lifespan of the contract. The 2012 agreement actually afforded Verisign the ability to increase prices by 7%, up to four times over the 6-year course of the contract.
Conversely, we are not aware of such a price rise clause in the agreement between the operators of new domain TLDs (.online, .site, .blue, .one, .men…) and ICANN. The companies that operate the new generic TLDs can freely set up a new price whenever they want. For example, we have the feeling that .xyz registry operator could freely increase their price because we haven’t found a price rise clause in their agreement with ICANN.
Consequently, the new GTLDs domain companies can attract customers by offering low priced domain names and can tremendously increase their price after some years. Since the customer has already a website, paying for a high-priced domain name is mandatory. There are already stories of domain names prices that tremendously increased.
The registry operators of the new domain extensions (.blue, .red, .online) are free to set up any forbidden uses by a webmaster using a domain name with their TLDs. For example, in 2014, it was not possible to defame Justin Bieber on a .xyz website because it was forbidden by the .xyz policies. We can also re-use our previous example of the Emirati registry operator. An Emirati company operating domain extensions may decide to forbid some subjects on websites with their domain names like pork, gambling, blasphemy and alcoholic beverages.