[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] Changes to Verisign Contract

sushob sushob at ptd.net
Tue Feb 11 18:30:24 UTC 2020

The proposed changes to the Verisign, Inc. contract are likely to cause significant cost increases to registrars and consumers of .com domain names, which account for 40% of all domain names. The behind-closed-doors nature of the changes and the additional, apparently unallocated, $20 million that Verisign will be paying ICANN is highly suspicious. These changes give the appearance that ICANN is no longer following its stated non-profit mission of ensuring operational stability of the internet and promoting competition. Instead, it appears that ICANN is choosing to help one for-profit company consolidate the market and reduce competition among registrars, in exchange for $20 million. ICANN is losing sight of its supposed bottom-up consensus-based policy making, ignoring the voice of the end users and consumers it is supposed to be protecting, and is instead going further down the path of enabling and expanding corporatism. 

Nate Boyer 
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