[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Opposition to rate/fee increases for .com domains

Matthew Rasnake matt at coffeemonk.com
Tue Feb 11 05:44:55 UTC 2020

To whom it may concern,

I am writing in opposition to the agreement between ICANN and Verisign
which will allow up to 70% increases in the cost of .com domain names over
the next decade.

The internet should be a place where anyone can find a voice, and that
includes being able to stake an individual claim to personal or business
domain names at a cost reasonable for all. With third-party resellers,
domain squatters, and especially since the introduction of new TLDs, we
have seen that without healthy controls, wholesale domain registrars and
resellers have no qualms about raising domain costs per TLD to untenable
"market rates" which effectively freeze out smaller players and which
ultimately will quash the innovation and egalitarianism that have been the
internet's hallmark and the driving force that has placed ICANN in its
vaunted position.

Were this releasing of the hounds of unfettered, greedy, capitalistic
impulses a singular instance, it might remain unremarkable. However, given
several recent, troubling moves by ICANN to remove restrictions on
traditionally well-controlled markets (as with the whole .org debacle), it
is no longer reasonable to expect or to trust that ICANN or its designees
will "do the right thing" for the health and welfare of the internet.

Therefore, I implore you to consider the historical forces that have
brought us to this point, and to not bend to the disgusting prostitution in
which the media suggests ICANN is participating. Honor the internet's true
strength—the hundreds of thousands of small voices that have made and
continue to make it what it is today—a great global marketplace of ideas
and information.

Thank you,

Matthew Rasnake
Science-Fiction Writer For All Ages

P.S. If you like sci-fi, get two short stories for free
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