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

Dennis Schmidt Dennis.Schmidt at syncsort.com
Thu Apr 25 21:54:24 UTC 2019

Pricing for Domain Name Registrations and Registry Services (Section 2.10 of the .org renewal agreement): In alignment with the base registry agreement, the price cap provisions in the current .org agreement, which limited the price of registrations and allowable price increases for registrations, are removed from the .org renewal agreement.

Removing the price cap for .org domain names puts charitable organizations at significant risk.  Most of these organizations survive on donations and operate of extremely small budgets.  If the cost of domain names is allowed to increase without control, these organizations could be priced out of being able to afford a domain name.  This in-turn prevents them from having a web presence which leads to lack of awareness about the organization and reduced donations. The would result in charitable organizations needing to close.
For example, I volunteer at a counseling center staffed by lay counselors that provide free counseling to several local counties. Without an affordable URL we would not be able to have a website that provides access community resources, intake forms, and other information.

Dennis Schmidt
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