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This article gives an analysis of the .COM TLD based on data transmitted by Verisign, the company tasked with the management of .COM, to ICANN, as of 30/06/23.

To conduct our study, we will be using two performance indicators taken from the reports sent by Verisign to ICANN and published in its ‘Registry transactions Reports’1: stocks at 30/06 and 31/12 of each year and monthly creations consolidated over a 12-month period.

Based on these two official indicators, we can calculate the others: the volume of names retained and deleted over the last 12 months, the stock change, create and delete operations, the creation rate and retention rate.

Fee changes for .COM and .NET​

The .COM fee remained unchanged between 2012 and 2021, but has increased by 7% annually since. .NET fees continually rose by 10% per year between 2011 and 2018, before levelling off. They increased by 10% once again in February 2023 and Verisign has already notified ICANN of a subsequent increase on 1 February 20242.

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