[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Opposing the cost increase of .com domains

Félix Cloutier felix at felixcloutier.com
Tue Feb 11 07:14:39 UTC 2020

I oppose the cost increase of .com domains proposed by Verisign. It is difficult for me to understand what ICANN understands "negotiating in good faith" to be. It seems clear here that ICANN and Verisign stand on the same side, and this makes it hard to treat those communications as negotiations. There is not even an attempt to hide the $20M kickback.

The entire proposal reads like a litany of excuses for why increasing the wholesale price of .com domains isn't a big deal, and is very, very short on the real benefits of the deal–aside from a guaranteed 7% year-on-year increase in revenue to Verisign's .com business. ICANN has not explained which projects it believe need 4 million dollars a year in funding, or what it is in position to accomplish aside from creating new rules for gTLDs.

This proposal is unacceptable in this form and should be rejected.

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