[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Against the Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement

Marco Amoedo amoedo at outlook.com
Tue Feb 11 10:47:09 UTC 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments to the proposed amendment to the .COM registry agreement.

I am the registrant of a few .COM domains and I provide consultancy on the online services and software space.

Considering the origin of the price increases that have made their way into many registry agreements, I'm opposing any potential price increases, especially for .COM. The increases were originally allowed due an out of court settlement between ICANN and Verisign, that was decided without any community input and should have been time limited.

Being quite technical myself, I do not see any obvious reason for the cost to run the registry and the DNS servers to increase. Technology gets cheaper in scale and the number of registrations is still increasing. Many other potential operators have made credible statements(and bids) that show that the registry can be run at a lower price. Thus, the rate should remain fixed at $7.85, or even be lowered.

As a public company, Verisign's biggest obligation is to their shareholders, which means they need to increase their profit as much as possible. This does not align with the interest of the community and stakeholders in the ICANN process. ICANN's goal is to keep the internet technically stable, this is not done by granting arbitrary price increases.

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