[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comment on proposed changes to the .org registry agreement

Michael Mack mmack at mit.edu
Thu Apr 25 18:49:51 UTC 2019

To whom it may concern:

I am a .org registrant -- and I am appalled!

Am I to understand that ICANN would effectively penalize churches and religious organizations? Cultural institutions and associations? Sports teams? Civic groups? Schools? Environmental initiatives? Social and fraternal organizations? Health organizations? Clubs and community-volunteer groups?

You must be kidding me!

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’.

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!

Do what is good and right for us all by supporting the .org community --
not penalizing it!

Thank you,
Michael Mack

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