Reduction in registration fee of .EE domain to come into effect on 1 May
As of 1 May 2012 a reduction in the registration fee of the .EE domain will come into effect. The reduction in the fee was decided by the supervisory board of the Estonian Internet Foundation at the end of 2011. The new fee is 17 per year, i.e. 1.42 per month.The registration fee is the fee that registrars are to pay to the Estonian Internet Foundation. The final price for the registrant is determined by the particular registrar in view of the free market competition and this price can be higher or lower than the registration fee. The fee will be reduced by €1.20, i.e. 6.5%. The fee is subject to VAT.
The activities of the Estonian Internet Foundation are not subsidised from the state budget and the amount of the fee is established so that it is possible to cover infrastructure investments, operating costs and the reserve from it. The foundation does not earn any profit and its founders (the state and the Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications) are not paid any proprietary income, i.e. dividends.
From time to time, we receive feedback from domain owners that, to their dismay, one or another .ee domain is either about to be deleted or has already been deleted and put up for auction. At the same time, there is a clear procedure in place to prevent such cases on the sides of the registrar, the registry, and the registrant. That is what we are discussing.
During 13–16 September the annual European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) will take place in Vienna, aiming to connect young IT talents with companies and organisations in the field. Once again, the Estonian national team, which was put together through preliminary rounds and a training camp, will take part in the competition. The main sponsor of the qualification event and the ESCS team is the Estonian Internet Foundation, and the project is run by the TalTech Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.
We are delighted to share a news story that is round and fortified with several zeros; namely, there are already more than 150,000 top-level Estonian domains in the world or Internet addresses ending in .ee.