[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Fwd: Help Us Prevent .COM Price Increases

Cyrus cyrus at metafusion.net
Tue Feb 11 06:41:32 UTC 2020


We all understand the pressure of money and having to survive economic
realities that we continue to inflict on ourselves.
But if you do as NameCheap has summarized, you will be shooting yourselves
in the foot, and harming all of us in the process.
I am in favor of domain price decreases, not increases, and I think you can
find an alternative model of supporting the services you provide rather
than this backward step that will brand you negatively and compel people to
plan around you rather than including you.
Definitely no on .COM price increases and NO on concealed decision making
that affects the internet at this level that can impact participation and
free speech.
No.

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From: Namecheap <support at namecheap.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 2:16 PM
Subject: Help Us Prevent .COM Price Increases
To: Cyrus Hazari <namecheap at metafusion.net>


We have important information to share with you that will affect the price
of your .COM domains.
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Help Us Avoid .COM Price Increases

Hi there!

We have important information
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to share with you that will affect the price of your .COM domains.

What's happening?

Last month, ICANN, the organization that oversees domain names, announced
significant changes to the contract it has with Verisign, Inc. who operate
the .COM top-level-domain (TLD).

ICANN made these changes in secret, without consulting or incorporating
feedback from the ICANN community or Internet users. Although ICANN has a
history of making similar deals behind closed doors, and also of ignoring
unified opposition against such action, we are focused on leading the fight
against price increases that will harm our customers (and the Internet as a
whole). This is a crucial time to raise our voices given that *.COM domains
make up 40% of all registered domain names online*.

What does this change mean?

Wholesale registries charge Namecheap a set fee per domain name per year.
According to this new agreement, Verisign will be allowed to increase the
wholesale price to registrars for .COM domains every year for 8 out of the
next 10 years, and the increases don’t stop there.

This will mean that* .COM wholesale domain prices can grow by more than 70%
over and above current prices over the next decade*. The contract also
allows for other price increases, which could drive prices up further,
ultimately making .COM domains less accessible and more expensive for
everybody.

Why is ICANN doing this?

Alongside these contract changes, *Verisign agreed to pay ICANN an
additional $20 million dollars over five years to support* ICANN's domain
name system initiatives, without any clarity about how ICANN will spend the
money, or who will ensure that the funds are properly spent on domain
infrastructure.

So, what can you do to help?

These changes will have significant impact on the Internet for years to
come, and only ICANN and Verisign have participated in this decision. If
you want to make sure your voice is heard, let ICANN know how you feel
about their recent decision. *The Public Comment period
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is open until February 14, 2020.*

You can leave your comment on the .COM proposal using ICANN's form
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