[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
macktek at macktek.com
Sat Feb 8 03:27:51 UTC 2020
I am strongly opposed to any increase in domain name pricing structure,
including the .COM top level domain (TLD).
The proposed changes would result in increases up to 7% per year times 4
years. Other more expensive TLDs are already starting to become too
expensive to keep due to escalating renewal costs. An average .com
currently costs approximately $8.28 (average comparing 3 different of
the top 10 domain name registrars).
Increasing the .com price by 7% per year for 4 years would increase this
price to $10.86. This would then raise the "renewal price"
significantly above the "initial purchase" price.
This increase is far in excess of wage rates.
Already, regular wage earning people are finding it difficult to hold on
to certain TLDs because of price escalations. Over time, the constant
inflation of TLD pricing will result in an imbalance of corporate
ownership, and subsequent "gentrification" of the .com TLD to the point
that it displaces the common person from owning them in the long term.
I urge reconsidering any regular increases in price of the .TLDs, and
ask to limit such prices increases to no more than 2.5% per year.
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