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

Margaret Okamoto margaretokamoto at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 25 22:09:49 UTC 2019

ICANN does not seem torecognize the difference between a legacy extension created with the support ofthe US government, that predates the existence of ICANN and that has millionsof existing users, and the brand new extensions that started off with a new setof rules, in particular no price controls, and no existing registrants. These two groups have completely different characteristics, history, and ownership structure. 
I believe strongly that itis unacceptable for ICANN to ignore these differences and to propose thatthe two groups be treated the same.
Removing price caps is patently unfair to .org domain owners. Many of us have websites that we have used foryears. If price caps are removed, the cost to renew our domain names maybecome prohibitively expensive, and we could be forced to give up websites that areimportant to us. Not all nonprofit organizations are flush with money. As a matter of fact, nonprofit charitable organizations exist to put our hard-earned funds into our programs, not into overhead.

The Uniform RapidSuspension policy is too new and untested to apply to domain names that may be20 years old or more. With the URS, the domain names could be taken down in amatter of days with little notice.
Why is ICANN trying to remove priceprotections for .org domain owners, so many of which are non-profits, so thatthey can be overcharged for their domain names?

ICANN should be doing all it can to protect owners of .org domain names. 
SincerelyMargaret Okamoto

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