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

Bruce Henry Lambert mindwatch at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 22:25:18 UTC 2019

I'm a multiple .org registrant with not-for-profit websites.

Continued No-bid monopoly control of legacy TLDs is a key issue. The
present system granting no-bid contracts undermines the public interest and
contaminates commercial relations. This system invites corruption, and does
a disservice to people working for the public interest. Transparency &
fairness demand competition. ICANN should require competitive contracts
which demand high performance, explicitly penalize failure, and guarantee
(lower) retail pricing.

Everyone at ICANN and key constituents already know legacy TLDs are
fundamentally different from new gTLDs. Is this process thus an empty
exercise? Is this process an attempt to reposition legacy TLDs to further
benefit the present contract holders? We should not rubber-stamp existing
opaque relationships.

I oppose bringing the URS into the .org renewal agreement.

Aloha & Very Best Wishes,
Bruce Lambert
Stockholm, Sweden
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