Uncle Sam lays down the law on Afilias
At the end of 2020, Afilias was acquired by Donuts. Since Donuts is a US-based company, all domain registrations with Afilias now also fall under US law. This means that the registry is no longer permitted to provide services to countries, regions, entities, or individuals targeted by applicable US trade sanctions (OFAC listings).
As a result, Afilias has started strengthening their checks on the domains they manage. When a connection with a US-sanctioned country is found, the domain is suspended by the registry. If this happens to a domain you manage, you will need to change the owner of the domain (by way of connecting a new handle), so that the new owner does not violate the US trade sanctions.
Additionally, you will need to provide Openprovider with identification documentation for the new owner. This can be sent by email to the Openprovider support department. Only then will the registry consider reactivating the domain.
A price rise is in sight for .ai
The .ai registry has announced a $28 price increase, effective from the 15th of April 2021. The new Tier price now ranges from $192 to $230 for a 2-year registration period. Supreme Members will find updated pricing information in the Control Panel and API, or by contacting their Account Manager, after the 15th of April.
This price change applies to the top level domain .ai, as well as the second level domains .com.ai, .net.ai, .org.ai and .off.ai.
New gTLD updates
- – 2 March: .forum
- – 2 March: .beauty, .makeup, .skin, .hair and .quest
Upcoming price changes:
- – 1 March: .berlin
- – 1 April: .co.za, .net.za, .org.za, .web.za
- – 1 April: .cloud
- – 1 July: .club
- – 1 September: .com