[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Opposed to Amendment 3

Scott Geiger scott.geiger at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 13:39:32 UTC 2020

I recently learned about a proposed Amendment 3 that would
significantly impact .COM domains.  I am writing to voice my *opposition*
to the proposal.

First, a proposed increase of 7% each of 8 out of 10 years is over and
above the rate of inflation and completely unreasonable.  If a price
increase is necessary it should be tied to the inflation rate; a more
rational and reasonable increase.  Furthermore, ICANN and/or Verisign
should provide a justification for the need to increase prices.

Second, the report that ICANN will receive a $20 million payment from
Verisign is concerning.  There has been no explanation of why this payment
is being made (sounds a lot like a bribe) or how the additional revenue
will be used by ICANN.  ICANN is mandated to operate "in the public
interest"; this seems only to be in the interest of ICANN and Verisign.

Third, allowing Verisign to act as a domain registrar is a conflict of
interest since they are an operator of a TLD.  Verisign should either be an
operator or a registrar.  To allow the company to function in both sectors
sets up the significant possibility of abuse of power and the potential for
a monopoly or near monopoly.  This is counter to the mandate of ICANN to
govern the domain name system "in the public interest".

I urge ICANN to put "the public interest" first and reject this proposal.

Scott Geiger
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