[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement Feedback

Alex Lerman alexlerman at alexlerman.com
Wed Apr 24 07:58:55 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant.

I believe ICANN staff should not unilaterally impose URS in legacy TLDs
when that issue is precisely what is being examined by the volunteer
ICANN Working Group who has been mandated to review this issue. ICANN
policy making is supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.

I believe that legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from for-profit
new gTLDs. Legacy TLDs are essentially a public trust, unlike new gTLDs
which were created, bought and paid for by private interests.
Registrants of legacy TLDs are entitled to price stability and
predictability, and should not be subject to price increases with no
maximums. Unlike new gTLDs, registrants of legacy TLDs registered their
names and made their online presence on legacy TLDs on the basis that
price caps would continue to exist.

Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .org registrants who are
not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them.  Unchecked price
increases have the potential to result in hundreds of millions of
dollars being transferred from these organizations to one non-profit,
the Internet Society, with .org registrants receiving no benefit in
return.  ICANN should not allow one non-profit nearly unlimited access
to the funds of other non-profits.

ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price
caps. ICANN should stand up for the public interest and registrants!

Thank you for your attention.

Alexander Lerman
(A concerned .org registrant)

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