[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] STOP .com price increases

Chris Lessley gripfastistech at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 03:28:37 UTC 2020

Please reconsider unilateral price increases of domain registrations, 
eg, .com, .org, and other domain registrations with the ICANN agreement 
with Verisign.

Verisign for years has had an unhealthy relationship between the free 
internet and SSL encryption and is poised as a potential abuser in 
raising domain registration fees in a closed-door manner as explained by 
Namecheap here: ICANN Allows .COM Price Increases, Gets More Money by 
Richard Kirkendall (url: 

As an independent web developer and small host re-seller this type of 
action harms the private entrepreneur and ultimately the consumer aka 
"the little guy" and only continues the monopolistic trend in outrageous 
attempts at controlling the Internet by the likes of Google, Amazon, 
Comcast and others with no real reason beyond profits and surveillance 
programs. These actions further harm the future of a free and 
independent Internet as power consolidates into a few large corporations 
with no oversight and fewer moral reserves.

No one should control the Internet and no one entity should control 
large portions of the DNS, domain and other core technologies behind the 
Internet, including pricing. The free market should complete for pricing 
of domain names and raising pricing in the ways described by Namecheap 
is alarming of the first nature.

Please stop this action and consult the EFF.org and DenadProgress.org in 
ways solutions can be created without further damaging consumer wallets 
at best and the freedom of the Internet at worst.

Sincerely, and most concerned.

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