[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comments objecting to the .org renewal

G Luka siteluka at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 12:28:24 UTC 2019

Thank you for the opportunity to submit a comment. 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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