[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Comments on .com TLD changes

James D. Fowlie jfowlie at hsjlawyers.com
Mon Feb 10 23:42:47 UTC 2020

I am profoundly concerned about the news around contract terms in 
relation to Verisign's management of the .com TLD.

A potentially 70% increase in wholesale costs seems entirely 
unreasonable, especially once that cost has been adjusted for retail.

The lack of transparency surrounding this and other ICANN decisions, 
make it seem as though the organization is quickly becoming corrupt.

Should ICANN wish to make a public argument for why these changes should 
proceed, then they could begin a grassroots explanatory campaign, and 
resubmit the request in modified form at a future date. But this looks 
like an arbitrary cash grab, multiplied by Verisign's financial 
interests, with no clear plan set out.

I strongly protest this contractual rearrangement and encourage ICANN to 
withdraw these proposed changes.

--James Fowlie


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