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

Bruce Leban bruce at leban.us
Tue Feb 11 02:06:08 UTC 2020


OPPOSED

Allowing the existing operator to lock in such dramatic price increases
smacks of a sweetheart deal which is highly inappropriate. This contract is
a legal monopoly and should be subject to strict justification for rate
increases. A 31% price increase every four years is equivalent to 4.6%
every year and this potentially outpaces inflation or any cost increases
the vendor might incur. It's just extra profit.

The contract should be opened to competitive bidding. There may very well
be another company that can do this and keep its price more under control.
The contract could also allow for increases pegged to a recognized
inflation rate.

Also, is it possible that the system can be modified so there can be more
than one company that manages the .com registry? Then those registries can
compete for the wholesale business. I realize that's a lot of work, but
that doesn't mean it can't be done.
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