While everyone should accept that hosting and domain registration is a business I’ve always felt that some companies employ quite questionable tactics to retain customers.
The charge that stands out is that some companies levy to “release” a domain name.
While the entire debate about locks and restrictions for inter-registrar transfers has been discussed at some length at the ICANN level it’s barely been broached in Nominet (*.uk) circles.
Why is it that some Nominet registrars levy fees for releasing domains?
Why are the fees so high?
Why doesn’t Nominet act in the registrant’s interest?
If you know of a registrar that is levying high fees for releasing co.uk domains either let me know via the comments or email me directly, as I’d be interested in putting together a more comprehensive report of this activity.