The Coalition for ICANN Transparency (CFIT) is trying to persuade the courts that VeriSign, with their exclusive contract to manage the .com domain registry, is breaking antitrust laws.
According to a group of disgruntled registrars, the whole situation is an antitrust nightmare, one allegedly perpetuated by lobbyists, astroturfers, planted news stories, and “stacked” public meetings.
Ars Technica has the full story: Paying too much for .com domains? One group blames VeriSign.
I remember a few years ago, when control of the .com registry was handed to VeriSign, thinking it was a bad idea. I still maintain that it should be the responsibility of ICANN, and that it shouldn’t be thought of as a source of profit, but as an essential service that should be subsidized by the bare minimum fee required to keep the system afloat.