[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Price increase of .com domains
flps.fitness at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 03:17:49 UTC 2020
I received an email from Namecheap.com (where I purchase my domains) that ICANN made contract changes with Verisign, allowing Verisign to operate as it's own registrar for non .com domains and to increase the wholesale price for .com domains.
This concerns me as it's gives more power to Verisign over other domain registrars as well as increasing the price of domains for companies like Namecheap.
Of course, having a cheap domain is nice, but it’s important as a consumer to shop in a fair and competitive market. If Verisign can increase wholesale prices of .com domains to companies, fine, but to learn that Verisign will also be a registrar as well, sounds unethical. I certainly wouldn’t buy from Verisign (even for a cheaper non .com domain) if it’s simultaneously screwing over other companies.
Although it sounds like the deal is done, I hope you consider limiting Verisign’s power over registrars or at least be transparent of ICANN's motives and reasons for the change in contract.
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