[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] ICANN - Verisign - Disapproval of increased .COM costs -

matt henkelmann matthenkelmann at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 11 00:11:14 UTC 2020

To Icann:

I received the following from NAMECHEAP - and if correct, wanted to express my disapproval of Verisign's ability to increase the wholesale price to registrars for .COM domains.  I do not approve of ICANN making this change in secret and oppose such action with Verisign.

"...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.

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."

Please abstain from these contract changes with Verisign as the current arrangement and pricing structure is beneficial to small businesses like mine.


Matt Henkelmann

Paratoxic Creations

Jade Sky Inc.

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