[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement

Ben Butler tristion at goodomenz.com
Mon Feb 10 14:00:21 UTC 2020

Hello, I am a registrant of a .com domain name. 

I am against the proposed price increase to .COM domains. As the actual cost to manage each domain is in the neighborhood of 2.30$, the current rate of $7.85 already seems more than justified.

To be frank, no one other than Verisign want increases in .COM prices. As they have a monopoly over the. COM domains, they won't be using that money to better compete...this really looks like it's all about profits. 

ICANN is supposed to govern the domain name system in the public interest. I fail to see how lack of competition is in the public interest, but I'm sure you're stuck with the Verisign situation, whether you like it or not. If you're going to approve price hikes for a monopoly, however, you really need to make sure the public is sold on the idea by explaining how it will benefit us. This isn't socialism yet, thankfully, so you're still required to sell us on it. 

Otherwise we'll put someone else in charge, right? 

Thank you for your time, 
Ben Butler 
Los Banos, California United States
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