[Comments-com-amendment-3-03jan20] ICANN & .COM price increase !!!

urs496 urs496 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 11 00:23:51 UTC 2020

Hello ICANN,

Since .COM represents more than 40% of all websites registered today, it
should be illegal for a private corporation to "regulate" and make price
increases of the .COM domain.

There is no legitimate reason to increase the price of the .COM because
this will lead to the closing of many creative websites that survive with
minimum money on free hosting servers !

What's happening?

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 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*.

What does this change mean?

Wholesale registries charge registrars 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

Why is ICANN doing this?

Alongside these contract changes, *Verisign agreed to pay ICANN an
additional $20 million dollars over five years to support* ICANN's domain
name system initiatives,
*without any clarity about how ICANN will spend the money, or who will
ensure that the funds are properly spent on domain infrastructure. *

These changes will have significant impact on the Internet for years to
come, and only ICANN and Verisign have participated in this decision.

*So, dear ICANN, you should block the price increase of the .COM domain,
stop making secret deals with corporations and confess that you do not care
about the internet, only about profit ! *

*Shame !*

*You are responsible for this and must be held accountable for your actions
and secret dealings in front of the law !*

*Stop the .COM price increase !*
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