[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Revisions to .org TLD agreement

Matthew Geiger classicm at mgeiger.cotse.net
Thu Apr 25 23:03:27 UTC 2019

I am a .org domain registrant and assist in the operations of non-profit
organizations with .org domains.

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. Short-cutting policy
practices to the exclusion of stakeholder groups is a truly bad look for
an organization with a public mission.

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, many registrants of legacy TLDs registered
their names and made their online presence on legacy TLDs on the basis
or assumption that price caps would ensure some level of stability in
their costs.

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.

Matthew Geiger

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