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

Alex Hopgood alex.hopgood at gmail.com
Wed Feb 12 19:56:45 UTC 2020

I am a holder of multiple .COM domains.

At a time when technology is reducing costs and increasing scalability the
proposed increases in registration costs for .COM domains does not make
sense, if anything the cost of running the service should be decreasing.

The public interest is not being served by ICANN providing a monopoly to
Verisign, the fact that there is no competition at this level is tantamount
to price fixing.

Increasing the costs of .COM domains in the way proposed puts a very real
barrier to entry to startups in tech commerce and other fields.

One could even argue it is an economic curtail to free speech if you price
a domain out of reach then you remove a powerful ability for people to use
the web as platform for ideas and views.

I sincerely hope you reconsider this move.
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