Verisign announced last week they are extending the registry fee waiver, the one-time wholesale restore fee charged to restore to active status of a domain name registration which has been deleted by a registrar, for all their top-level domains including .com and .net, until 1 August.
Announced on 2 April, Verisign said this fee would be waived for a 60-day period and many of their registrar partners extended waivers to their customers. Verisign estimates these restore fee waivers have already saved several million dollars for registrants of all types, “including hard hit small businesses.”
The fee waiver was one of a number of measures introduced in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues, Verisign says they “are conscious that individuals and businesses across the globe are reconfiguring, adjusting and determining what the new ‘normal’ now looks like for them. We want to continue to help during this period of transition.”
The waiver of the wholesale restore fee for .com and .net domain names as well as the .cc, .tv, and .name TLDs and Verisign’s four Internationalised TLDs (IDN TLDs), the Hebrew, Korean and Japanese transliterations of .com and the Korean transliteration of .net is being extended to 1 August 2020 at 23:59:59 UTC.