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

Jay Tolbert jay.tolbert at dei-pe.com
Wed Apr 24 13:01:30 UTC 2019

Since the various domain registries are essentially utilities in that 
they are granted a regulated monopoly on dispensing a service - issuing 
domain names.  So, like a utility, they should have to justify price 
increases to ICANN and have some formal review process open to third 
parties contesting the increase instead of just being able to raise 
their rates to whatever they want.  Capping the rate of increase is 
somewhat reasonable like the current arrangement. Even that should be 
limited to something like the world GDP growth rate instead of a fixed 
value.  Removing the limit completely makes no sense since there is no 
competition to issues the domain names. If you want to allow removal or 
the cap, it should only be if the domain has multiple independent 
registrars so there would be price competition.

Jay Tolbert

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