Back in March, Uniregistry announced a big price increase in 16 of the 27 new gTLDs in managed.
Soon after, GoDaddy dropped support for all Uniregistry TLDs (though reinstated some later), and now, Tucows is to stop OpenSRS support for 9 of the price-increased new gTLDs. OpenSRS is Tucow’s domain name reseller program. This move comes into effect on 8 September 2017. Registrants won’t be able to register or renew these 9 extensions. Before that date, however, they can renew their domains for up to 10 years.
The dropped 9 extensions include: .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .blackfriday. The registered domains with Tucows under these TLDs are estimated in the range of only 3,000.
Tucow’s management explained this decision was made in order to protect their resellers and their customers from unknowingly overpaying by more than $100 a year. They also encouraged them to suggest to their customers to consider other TLDs.
It’s been speculated that the suspension of these Uniregistry TLDs will soon affect Enom as well — it was recently acquired by Tucows.
To read about Uniregistry’s price increase of new gTLDs, visit <Upcoming Price Increase in 16 Uniregistry New gTLDs>.
To catch up with the update on the increase, go to <Update: Uniregistry’s Upcoming Price Increase in New gTLDs Does Not Apply to Existing Domains>.
You can check the registration and expiry dates of many domains here <Domainlex Can Now Offer Free Limited Reverse Search!>.