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

Danielle Vernelson danielle.vernelson at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 01:48:42 UTC 2020

Hi there, my name is Danielle Vernelson, and I'm the owner of several .com
domains. I've also resold several domains to clients as a web designer.

I would like to strongly protest the fact that Verisign will be allowed to
increase the wholesale price to registrars for .COM domains every year for
8 out of the next 10 years. This seems ridiculous and totally unnecessary.
Currently, I and my clients pay about $10 per year for their domains, and
more for hosting. I see no reason why this should increase, since we aren't
getting much out of domain registration except to have access to that name.
Increasing the cost would be inappropriate, because it isn't representative
of what a domain is worth. In addition, it would keep people from being
able to easily and cheaply put up websites, which is something that local
businesses depend on. To me, it sounds like dirty dealing, since in return,
Version will be paying ICANN an additional $20 million dollars over five
years to support your domain name system initiatives, without any clarity
about how you will spend the money, or who will ensure that the funds are
properly spent on domain infrastructure.

All of this seems very unnecessary, and like a scheme to get rich at any
cost. Please instead, keep things simple, and keep providing affordable
domains to small (and large) businesses.

Thank you,
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