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

Mohamed ElGohary gohary at globalvoices.org
Thu Apr 25 19:24:43 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant.

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

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

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

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