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

First Stop Tech service at firststoptech.com
Tue Feb 11 13:29:43 UTC 2020


Dear ICANN,

I've been informed that ICANN is slated to accept $20 million  additional
dollars from Versign to continue service registrations.
This could lead to 70% higher fees and such potential for mass expense to
teh public requires disclosure of the purpose of the additional funding.

Absent such explanations, it may be necessary to pursue regulation through
the FTC, FCC or other authorities to ensure that public access to what
amounts to public space is not exploited without oversight.
Until now, this has been deemed unnecessary, but the most recent change
proposal opens possibilities to consumer exploitation and restriction of
trade. This will not be well received among honest governance bodies and
may lead to unwelcome administrative costs to Verisgn, ICANN, and vendors
increasing expenses that benefit no one at all.

These costs should not be weighed positively against the current system, so
I implore Verisign and ICANN to tighten the parameters of the contract to
head off potential misuse and looking to domain registrations as a
lucrative source of profit. The backlash will be fierce. The internet is a
place where bad press can be abundant and swift. Mark Twain was quoted, " Never
pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.”
It seems yet wiser not to pick fights with people who wield pixels that are
magnitudes cheaper yet. For every domain registered there is a webmaster
with ICANN fees as an expense. It is as if every domain can pick up a phone
to a Congressman.

--Bill Jacobs
First Stop Tech
Corporate Web Site Development Vendor (and computer repair)




On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM Namecheap <support at namecheap.com> wrote:

> 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 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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