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<pre>I have always believed ICANN to have the Registrants' best interest in mind.
ICANN staff should not unilaterally impose URS in legacy TLDs when
that issue is precisely what is being examined by the volunteer ICANN
Working Group who has been mandated to review this issue. ICANN policy
making is supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.
I believe that legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from
for-profit new gTLDs. Legacy TLDs are essentially a public trust,
unlike new gTLDs which were created, bought and paid for by private
interests. Registrants of legacy TLDs are entitled to price stability
and predictability, and should not be subject to price increases with
no maximums. Unlike new gTLDs, registrants of legacy TLDs registered
their names and made their online presence on legacy TLDs on the basis
that price caps would continue to exist.
Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .org registrants who
are not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them. Unchecked
price increases have the potential to result in hundreds of millions
of dollars being transferred from these organizations to one
non-profit, the Internet Society, with .org registrants receiving no
benefit in return. ICANN should not allow one non-profit nearly
unlimited access to the funds of other non-profits.
ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price
caps. ICANN should stand up for the public interest and registrants!</pre>