Where did your spb.ru and msk.ru domains go?

    Until recently, geographical domains were officially assigned by the Coordination Center. After the well-known events , they turned into ordinary domains that you can sell, delete, turn off, and ... earn on them.

    On April 7, 2010, the geographic domains managed by Relcom were successfully transferred to the registrar RU-CENTER ( whois ).

    On the one hand, the change of ownership of domains such as SPB.RU, MSK.RU, COM.RU, ORG.RU and others may positively affect the continued existence of registrations in these areas. But it can also initiate paid registration and collection of fees from already registered domains.

    Imagine that according to the issued Regulation, domains can be simply turned off without even asking the host about it.

    According to the Regulation of the Coordination Center, by September 30, 2010, domains must be maintained as before. After this date, the new owner of the domain zones can enter their rules, up to paid registration and the provision of supporting documents.

    According to unconfirmed statistics, there are more than 1 million records in the .spb.ru domain alone.

    On the one hand, any movement in these zones can talk about changes, both for better and for worse. Throughout the work of these domain zones, its owner has done a great job of supporting its performance and maintaining free registration. However, recently the development of the zone has stopped. Due to the lack of technical and financial resources, the .spb.ru domain zone was not available for several days at the beginning of 2010 due to technical reasons.

    In turn, Relcom’s position is understandable - why keep huge responsibility to administrators for free. Another thing is not clear - on what rights and conditions domain zones of this scale were transferred to RU-CENTER. Indeed, in the domain market there are many other participants who are ready to offer a human solution to the desire to make money - the development of both the zone itself and the services associated with it, for example the secondary market, could keep this zone free for all its participants.

    On the other hand, the transfer of such a large piece of the pie, and even to the monopolist, looks wrong.

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