[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Keep price reasonable versus rising popularity of alternatives

k00nq2+9vl7srqckdarw at guerrillamail.com k00nq2+9vl7srqckdarw at guerrillamail.com
Tue Feb 11 09:02:49 UTC 2020

Dear ICANN, Verisign,

I am against the proposed price inflation of the TLD .COM.
In short: keep .COM price inflation reasonable for all parties, especially for your customers.
Read the many good arguments in all the threads posted.
If there is any reason to raise prices, such reasons need to be clarified towards customers and again, needs to be reasonable.

However, keeping price inflation in check concerning the .COM TLD (or any gTLD and ccTLD for that matter) is also in your, the provider's, best interest. The more discontent customers get, to more reason you give them to create and use alternatives, which could be a serious threat to your business model in the long run. Alternatives already exist, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_DNS_root and more are being researched, e.g. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8291986 .

Thank you for your consideration,
Ben Hup


In reaction to:

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.

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