[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Unrestricted potential for price increases for .org domain registrants

Chris Kalb chris_kalb at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 25 20:57:18 UTC 2019

I believe that the majority of .org domains are registered and owned by not for profit organization, clubs, social groups and families and unrestricted price increases could cause an undue burden on these organizations that are not typically focused on registration for the sake of facilitating profit generation. This could cause a dramatic shift of funds to the internet society and from thousands of small organizations or worse yet cause some of these registrants to give up their domains decreasing the effectiveness, visibility, and operations in general. At this most basic level significant and unrestricted internet registration fees encourage a shift from an open and equitable access environment to one where only those with greater levels of funds can participate. This feels like a step that opens the door for diminished access and control of internet content to the wealthy or profit driven registrants. I don't think that's a safe door to open and want to see an accessible and democratic internet. I am also quoting another comment with which I strongly agree below:
"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"
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