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

kswenson at fujitsu.com kswenson at fujitsu.com
Tue Feb 11 00:09:33 UTC 2020

A .COM address is a critical resource for small and medium sized businesses.

The name registry is and should nearly 100% automated.   There is no particularly expensive part of storing a name in a database, and everyone in the industry knows it.  The cost of computing infrastructure drops every year.

This cost increase is not simply passing on increased costs to the user, but instead it is an attempt to mine one momnopoly (.com names) in order to fund new initiatives in other areas outlined in the proposal.  Because these other areas cannot fund themselves, we assume that is because they are not of value to the consumers.  It is therefore inappropriate to take funds from the .COM names in order to do these other initiatives that nobody wants.

A .COM address is a critical resource for small and medium sized businesses, and we should not unfairly burden this critical part of our economy.  The cost of a .COM name, should reflect the cost of that function, and that cost has been going down in all the years since the ICANN was set up.

-Keith Swenson

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