[Comments-biz-renewal-03apr19] Fwd: Proposed Renewal of .biz Registry Agreement

Jonathan Saewitz saewitz at terpmail.umd.edu
Sun Apr 28 12:35:30 UTC 2019


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From: Jonathan Saewitz <saewitz at terpmail.umd.edu>
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2019 at 8:05 AM
Subject: Proposed Renewal of .biz Registry Agreement
To: <comments-biz-renewal-18mar19 at icann.org>


I am a domain name registrant.

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.

Unchecked price increases have the potential to result in hundreds of
millions of dollars being received by one non-profit, the Internet Society,
with .biz 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!
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