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

Mihai Tarce mihai at o3dp.org
Thu Apr 25 20:16:21 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 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!

Mihai Tarce

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