[Comments-biz-renewal-03apr19] Comment on proposed changes to the .biz registry agreement

Damon Turney damonturney at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 14:15:52 UTC 2019


I am a .org registrant.

ICANN does not seem to recognize the difference between a legacy
extension created with the support of the US government, that predates
the existence of ICANN and that has millions of existing users and the
brand new extensions that started off with a new set of rules, in
particular no price controls, and no existing registrants. They have
completely different characteristics, history, and ownership
structure. It is not acceptable for ICANN to ignore these differences
and to propose that they be treated the same.

Removing price caps is not fair to .biz domain owners. Many of them
have websites that they have used for years. If price caps are
removed, the cost to renew their domain names may become too
expensive, and they could be forced to give up websites that are
important to them.

The Uniform Rapid Suspension policy is too new and untested to apply
on domain names that may be 20 years old or more. With the URS, the
domain names could be taken down in a matter of days with little

ICANN should be doing more to protect owners of .biz domain names. Why
is ICANN trying to remove price protections for .biz domain owners, so
many of which are non-profits, so that they can be overcharged for
their domain names?

Damon Turney, Ph.D.
Energy Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering
City University of New York
New York, NY 10031
dturney at ccny.cuny.edu
office: (212) 650-5470
cell: (805) 571-3764

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