AT Domain Admin ampletechadmin at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 13:12:53 UTC 2019

To whom it may concern




The following has reference:


Pricing for Domain Name Registrations and Registry Services (Section 2.10 of
the .org renewal agreement): In alignment with the base registry agreement,
the price cap provisions in the current .org agreement, which limited the
price of registrations and allowable price increases for registrations, are
removed from the .org renewal agreement. Protections for existing
registrants will remain in place, in line with the base registry agreement.
This change will not only allow the .org renewal agreement to better conform
with the base registry agreement, but also takes into consideration the
maturation of the domain name market and the goal of treating the Registry
Operator equitably with registry operators of new gTLDs and other legacy
gTLDs utilizing the base registry agreement .



I strongly object to the removal of limitations in the price increase of new
.org domains, in fact I would much rather like to propose a subsidy or
reduction of 50% in the current price, or alternatively an international
sponsorship for the necessary resources to manage a TLD registration service
for non-profit organizations:


1. The .org TLD is a legacy TLD recognised internationally for countless
organizations, and an essential commodity for organizations trying to
network internationally. Country TLDs merely limit organizations to network
with local markets via the most prominent search enjins, while alternative
international TLDs are often taken or prohibitively expensive.

2. The internet is slowly removing the barriers for organizations to network
internationally, especially in Africa and other poorer counties, however
currency exchange rates remains an obstacle for non-profit and other
organizations in countries with weak currencies. The arrival of countless
new TDL registrars have done nothing to lower the entry barrier for
organizations in poorer countries, who wish to gain access to international
support. Some TLDs are priced above the monthly rental fee for an office in
poor countries. By removing price increase limitations, ICANN will merely
exclude the poor from the much needed international support they so
desperately need and fuel poverty driven diseases and hardships.

3. If the international internet community really want to alleviate poverty
across the world, it should much rather consider better networking
opportunities for people in poorer countries. Subsidising an international
organization related TLD may be a starting point, or alternatively the
service should be outsourced to an organization in country where the income
from domain registrations can contribute to the alleviation of poverty.


I therefore reject the changes to price limitations.


Ref: https://www.icann.org/public-comments#open-public


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