[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] opposition to .COM top-level-domain (TLD) changes

The Epistemologizer epistemologizer at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 21:28:28 UTC 2020


I am writing to express my strong opposition to the ICANN contract with
Verisign affecting .com domains.

40% of all registered domain names online are .COM, including many diverse
sites of artists, artisans, writers, public intellectuals, and more.
According to this new agreement, Verisign will be allowed to increase the
wholesale price to registrars for .COM domains every year for 8 out of the
next 10 years, and the increases don’t stop there. This will mean that .COM
wholesale domain prices can grow by more than 70% over and above current
prices over the next decade. The contract also allows for other price
increases, which could drive prices up further, ultimately making .COM
domains less accessible and more expensive for everybody.

This is a betrayal of the ideals of the internet as a forum for sharing,
free expression, and creativity. ICANN should reject these changes to the
contract in favor of protecting the affordability of .COM domains for

Gina Helfrich
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