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Proposed Unsponsored TLD Agreement: Appendix G (.pro)

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Proposed Unsponsored TLD Agreement: Appendix G (.pro)
Posted: 3 March 2002

Registry Operator Maximum Price Schedule

This schedule specifies the maximum price that RegistryPro may charge for Registry Services as defined in the Registry Agreement. In a manner consistent with Section 3.4.3 of the Registry Agreement, RegistryPro may charge a lower-than-specified rate for Registry Services, including not charging for a specified service. RegistryPro shall not be entitled to charge for any Registry Service not specified in this Appendix G. RegistryPro shall also issue a refund to registrars as specified in item 5 below.

1. Maximum Domain-Name Initial Registration Fee

RegistryPro may charge a maximum of US $6.00 per year for the initial registration of each Registered Name (the "Initial Registration Fee") in the Registry TLD during the Term of the Registry Agreement. The Initial Registration Fee shall be paid in full by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar sponsoring the domain name at the time of registration.

2. Maximum Domain-Name Renewal Fee

RegistryPro may charge a maximum of US $6.00 per year for the renewal of each domain name registration (the "Renewal Fee") in the Registry TLD during the Term of the Registry Agreement. The Renewal Fee shall be paid in full by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar sponsoring the domain name at the time of renewal.

3. Fees for Transfers of Sponsorship of Domain-Name Registrations

During the Term of the Registry Agreement, where the sponsorship of a domain name is transferred from one ICANN-Accredited Registrar to another ICANN-Accredited Registrar, RegistryPro may require the registrar receiving the sponsorship to request a renewal of one year for the name. In connection with that extension, RegistryPro may charge a Renewal Fee for the requested extension as provided in item 2 above. The transfer shall result in an extension according to the renewal request, subject to a ten-year maximum on the unexpired term of any domain-name registration. If a registration that is being transferred already has a term of nine years or more, RegistryPro may charge a Renewal Fee for one year ("Transfer Fee"), but the unexpired term shall not exceed ten years. The Renewal Fee shall be paid in full at the time of the transfer by the ICANN-Accredited Registrar receiving sponsorship of the domain name.

For a bulk transfer approved by ICANN under Part B of Exhibit D to the Registry-Registrar Agreement (Appendix F), Registry Operator may charge the gaining registrar US $0 (for transfers of 50,000 names or fewer) or US $50,000 (for transfers of more than 50,000 names).

4. Community Refund

For each fiscal twelve-month period (the "Community Refund Period") beginning in the term after RegistryPro has fully repaid its investors and declared and issued dividend payments to its shareholders, RegistryPro shall issue a "Community Refund," as described below. RegistryPro shall be deemed to have declared and issued a dividend payment to the extent retained earnings of the Company exceed three times its total investment.

The total "Community Refund" will be calculated as follows:

During each Community Refund Period, RegistryPro will calculate the percentage of all new .pro domain name registrations associated with Registry Services that were sponsored by a shareholder of RegistryPro, which also operates as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar as defined in the Registry Agreement. Such percentage will be multiplied by RegistryPro's net income derived from the Registry Services during such Community Refund Period to arrive at the Community Refund.

Example: If the total number of new domain name registrations in a community refund period were 300,000 and 50,000 had been registered by the shareholders of RegistryPro, 16.667% (50,000/350,000) of the net income (after interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and dividend) derived from Registry Services would be available to be paid as a community refund.

The calculation of the Community Refund will be approved by the RegistryPro Board of Directors no later 120 calendar days after the audit for such accounts has been completed for such Community Refund Period. The refund will be distributed no later than 90 calendar days following approval by the Board of Directors, unless an extension is needed to review proposals from groups requesting such funds.

The RegistryPro Board of Directors shall review the proposals and shall determine the recipients and amounts of distributions from the refund. The distributions shall be made for the promotion of the management and deployment of the Internet in the public interest and may include:

  • Support of the DNSO.
  • Support for additional arbitration mechanisms.
  • Consumer-focused domain name education programs.
  • Support for ICANN policies.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide.

Each year beginning after the completion of the initial Community Refund Period, RegistryPro will report, according to Appendix U, on the distributions made from the Community Refund.

5. Additional Registry Services

After the Commencement-of-Service Date, RegistryPro proposes to introduce expanded query-based searchability by the appropriate parties, as determined by RegistryPro in consultation with ICANN, of Registry Data. The maximum price that RegistryPro may charge for this shall be resolved through negotiations between RegistryPro and ICANN once this service is more definitely specified.

Other services, such as certificates and verification, that are associated with registration of .pro Registered Names, but that ICANN-Accredited Registrars may obtain on a fully open and competitive basis from sources other than RegistryPro, are not deemed an integral part of the operation of the Registry TLD and therefore are not Registry Services. To the extent that RegistryPro establishes requirements or otherwise operates the Registry TLD in a manner whereby these services are not reasonably available from other sources on the basis of fair competition, then those services shall be deemed Registry Services.

6. Fee Adjustments

The Initial Registration Fee, Renewal Fee, and the Non-Bulk Transfer Fee are subject to adjustment according to the terms of Sections 3.14.4 and 4.4 of the Registry Agreement.


Fee Type

Maximum Amount

Fee Subject to Adjustment
Registration Fee US $6.00 Yes, §§ 3.14.4, 4.4
Renewal Fee US $6.00 Yes, §§ 3.14.4, 4.4
Non-Bulk Transfer Fee US $6.00 Yes, §§ 3.14.4, 4.4

7. CCA Approval and Chaining Fees

An approval fee may be charged in connection with the approval or periodic review of commercial certificate authorities (CCAs) providing digital credentials under Section 9 of Appendix L. That fee will be charged by the CCA Auditor; the Registry Operator will not charge an additional approval fee. The Registry Operator may charge a digital certificate chaining fee to sponsoring Authorized Registrars or to approved CCAs providing certificates provided through sponsoring Accredited Registrars. (See Appendix L.) The chaining fee may include components associated with certificate events, such as issuance and revocation, and well as fixed component(s). The components and amount of the chaining fee will be as agreed in writing by Registry Operator and ICANN based on covering Registry Operator's costs (such as administrative, licensing, and associated costs and allowance for possible liabilities) of providing appropriately centralized services in connection with providing a common .pro certificate root, with allowance for a reasonable return on investment.

8. Approval Fee for Competitor Verification Toolkit Providers

In addition to the above, the Registry Operator may charge Competitor Verification Toolkit providers an approval fee established according to Subsection of Appendix L.

Earlier draft:

11 March 2001

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