[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM RA
nronnei at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 16:07:16 UTC 2020
I'm writing to express my concern regarding Proposed Amendment 3 (PA3).
I do not think PA3 is good for the future of the internet despite what
it may offer in the way of security improvements. There are other,
better ways to achieve those goals without the dramatic price increases
the amendment provides for.
The internet is essentially a global public utility. It's not regulated
as such (who would truly have the authority?), but it should be run as
such. Since the original changes which froze pricing, it has.
I understand the need of price increases. Running and maintaining DNS
costs more money now than it did years ago. ICANN doesn't directly
raise money through the sale of domain names, but operates on donations
from companies who do. Those companies need to make more money to
donate more money. All of that is fine. However, the amount and
scheduling of increases is concerning.
My main concerns are the increase percentage and the scheduling.
Year-over-year for 4 years followed by only a two year freeze doesn't
make sense for a utility. It /especially/ doesn't make sense
considering that the same agreement applies following the total 6 year
It allows for very significant price changes over the same period of
time where, historically, we've seen /none/ and during which the
internet has also matured and become essential in so many ways it never
was before. That's what we're sacrificing with this strategy—the
expansive growth and development we've seen over the last 8 years.
Consider 5% every 3 years instead. It's more reasonable, it's more
gradual, and it reflects increased costs in a more realistic way. The
current schema is clearly a money grab and it's insulting.
Thank you for reading,
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