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New lower .au wholesale pricing is happening

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    Afilias has called for lower .au wholesale pricing.

    https://domainnamewire.com/2017/12/...transition-3-million-au-domain-names-afilias/
    "LaPlante suggested that the price it will charge is less than the current contract with Neustar.
    “We expect that the price of a .au domain will be a little bit less than what has been charged in the past,” LaPlante said. “It will be up to the board, but we recommended to take it down a bit.”

    What is the new .au wholesale pricing:
    • auDA price
    • auDA Foundation price
    • Icaan price
    • Afilias price
    Total .au wholesale price

    What additional price drops have been negotiated and under what circumstances and time frames?

    https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-extends-ausregistrys-au-registry-term-to-2014/
    Posted by Jo Lim on 26 February 2009
    "new pricing that sees a drop in the AusRegistry wholesale price to $14 (for a 2 year licence) for com.au and net.au domains and further drops as volumes increase"

    http://www.smh.com.au/small-busines...n-name-owners-ripped-off-20170807-gxqpzs.html

    [​IMG] The Sydney Morning Herald – 9 Aug 17
    [​IMG]
    Millions of Australian domain name owners 'ripped off'
    Australian domain name owners say they are being overcharged by the organisation governing domain names.
     
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    Is it true Afilias has offered an up to 50% reduction on their wholesale .au pricing to auDA?

    Will auDA pass on this to Supply Registrars - Resellers .au who could potentially make more from the price pie and or pass on some to .au Domain Name registrant Consumers.

    Questions.


    1. Why did auDA not pass on the lower wholesale pricing 10 years ago as stated they would as .au domain registration numbers increased?

    2. Why does the "NOT FOR PROFIT" auDA have over $20 million now in the bank and questions also about how much their related auDA Foundation is profiting?

    3. Why is the current CEO Cameron Boardman and auDA Board refusing to pass on the previous wholesale price decreases and will they reduce the wholesale price by as much as 50% on 1st of July as Afilias themselves have suggested and offered as part of their new contract?

    4. How can hundreds of other extensions be sold as low as 99 cents retail and those organisations still be secure and successful which is now proven as possible?

    5. How can extensions such as .SG, .UK etc be given away FREE successfully which has occurred numerous times to stimulate growth?

    6. Are auDA and the auDA Board aware of the serious implications for any organisation or person relating to these:
    If I was a director and I knew the wholesale pricing could be made lower as much as the 50% available I would want it on the auDA public minutes I was FOR this to happen 1st July 2018.


    The facts are a much lower wholesale price has been offered to auDA by the new Wholesale Registry subcontractor Afilias. Will auDA's CEO and the auDA Board pass it on to Registrars, Resellers and ultimately think of the consumers or will auDA keep it for themselves?

    https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/our-org/constitution/
    3.2 Activities
    Without reducing the effect of clause 4, auDA will see to achieve its principal purposes as set out in clause 3.1 through:
    a. ensuring the continued operational stability of the domain name system in Australia;
    b. establishing mechanisms to ensure it is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;
    c. the promotion of competition in the provision of domain name services;
    d. the promotion of fair trading;
    e. the promotion of consumer protection;
    f. adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia;
    g. ensuring its operations produce timely outputs which are relevant to the needs of the Australian Internet Community.

    (Amended by Special Resolution, 14 August 2006)​
     
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    The Afilias price they won at was not 50% lower but 60% lower that it currently is.... could this be true??

    When will auDA pass it on to Registrars ... Resellers..... au domain name consumers? 1st July 2018?
     
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    https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/...15/8-october-2015-auda-board-meeting-minutes/

    "AusRegistry

    • G Pongas gave a summary of the Registrar Executive day held on Monday 5 October. There were approximately 30 attendees including AusRegistry and auDA staff with the focus being on marketing and growth of the name space. Outcomes included agreement that a Marketing Sub-committee consisting of Registrars/AusRegistry will be formed to promote the namespace and marketing.
    • S Johnson raised a question regarding competition law and the possible perception of a cartel, in relation to the AusRegistry Registrars Executive day and other meetings of registrars. The Board noted that Registrar meetings are common across the industry, price is not discussed and there are no issues with auDA or AusRegistry running these events. "


    auDA Board Public Minutes - 9 August, 2004

    "The board also considered correspondence from Theo Hranakis, Melbourne IT and
    an accompanying statement signed by 7 other registrars
    , in relation to auDA's
    media release of 17 June 2004 entitled "auDA reduces its fee for .au domain
    names". Registrars expressed concerns about the statement
    "If consumers find that
    their registrar has not passed on auDA's cost saving, they may wish to shop
    around to find another registrar who will".


    Was any .au pricing discussed at the recent auDA and Supply event which Demand are not able to attend?

    https://www.auda.org.au/about-auda/our-org/constitution/

    3.2 Activities
    Without reducing the effect of clause 4, auDA will see to achieve its principal purposes as set out in clause 3.1 through:
    a. ensuring the continued operational stability of the domain name system in Australia;
    b. establishing mechanisms to ensure it is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;
    c. the promotion of competition in the provision of domain name services;
    d. the promotion of fair trading;
    e. the promotion of consumer protection;
    f. adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia;
    g. ensuring its operations produce timely outputs which are relevant to the needs of the Australian Internet Community.

    (Amended by Special Resolution, 14 August 2006)
     
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