[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Do not remove price limitations on .org

Geoff Kuenning geoff at cs.hmc.edu
Fri Apr 26 05:02:24 UTC 2019

The legacy top-level domains are not in the same category as the 
new top-level domains suggested and operated by private parties. 
The new top-level domains were sold for a high price, and charge 
similarly high prices to their customers.  In contrast, the legacy 
domains were originally free, which greatly helped the growth of 
the Internet.  Even when pricing plans were introduced to help 
defray the cost of supporting DNS and other domain-related 
services, the prices were kept low.  The result is that millions 
of domains have been created by people who have made great 
contributions to the Internet.

The .org domain, in particular, is populated by public-spirited 
non-profits, educational organizations, political activists, 
charities, and even families (among others).  Allowing the prices 
for these domains to be raised arbitrarily will be greatly harmful 
not only to the Internet itself, but also to the wider public, who 
will no longer be able to locate such organizations--or even 
family members--because they have been priced out of their 
domains.  I personally own a family-specific .org domain, and 
could not afford to keep it if price limits are removed.

There is no reason to remove price limitations.  Please keep .org 
    Geoff Kuenning   geoff at cs.hmc.edu 

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your
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