[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement
kmeshkinapps at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 21:00:55 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!
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