[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comments on proposed registry agreement changes for renewal of .org
Aaron D. Gifford
agifford at infowest.com
Wed Apr 24 16:54:35 UTC 2019
From the ICANN summary:
"*Pricing for Domain Name Registrations and Registry Services (Section
2.10 of the .org renewal agreement):* In alignment with the base
registry agreement, the price cap provisions in the current .org
agreement, which limited the price of registrations and allowable price
increases for registrations, are removed from the .org renewal
agreement. Protections for existing registrants will remain in place, in
line with the base registry agreement. This change will not only allow
the .org renewal agreement to better conform with the base registry
agreement, but also takes into consideration the maturation of the
domain name market and the goal of treating the Registry Operator
equitably with registry operators of new gTLDs and other legacy gTLDs
utilizing the base registry agreement"
Legacy TLDs .com, .net, and .org are truly public resources and, as
such, should be treated distinctly from later added TLDs. Registries for
these TLDs are providing a service on a limited resource and as such
should be considered monopolies for providing that service, as legacy
TLD domains registered with those TLDs cannot be easily or inexpensively
replaced with a new registration in another TLD. There is NO
COMPETITION, and thus costs in legacy TLDs really should be controlled
tightly in the public interest.
Thus I object strongly to removal of price cap provisions for the
renewal of the .org agreement.
What would be far better would be for ICANN to propose some sort of
competition for registries to service the .org (and this would work well
for .com and .net as well) TLD, perhaps hold a sort of reverse auction,
where qualified registries would compete to win short-term operation of
the .org TLD registry. This would provide TRUE COMPETITION and keep
costs down. In all likelihood, costs would decrease significantly from
where they are today. If all legacy TLDs were handled this way, perhaps
costs would come down closer to the costs the .de country-based TLD
registry charges today.
DO NOT REMOVE PRICE CAPS. PLEASE ADD TRUE COMPETITION VIA REVERSE
AUCTION FOR THE .org TLD CONTRACT.
St. George, Utah
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