[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] COM amendemnt opposition
braintwo at gmail.com
Mon Feb 10 23:53:56 UTC 2020
I oppose Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement. Allowing wholesale
prices for .com domains to rise 72% over 12 years, is far more than the
rate of inflation and also far more than Verisign's costs of maintaining
the registry could possibly increase by.
I believe this will dramatically hurt the internet ecosystem. It will
especially hurt small website operators, like myself (three .com + a
handful of redirects), and will discourage internet users from creating
blogs and personal pages, with the end result of reducing democratization
of the internet.
Verisign reported a 69.4% operating margin in Q1 2019, so they clearly do
not need the extra revenue from this price hike. ICANN has granted a
monopoly over .com to Verisign and ICANN has a duty to every internet user
on the planet to carefully regulate this monopoly to prevent abuse by
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