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

LGDOR general at lgdor.org
Fri Apr 26 13:34:22 UTC 2019

To whom it may concern,


I am president of LGDOR Inc. a non-profit entity in the Leominster, MA area.


This comment pertains to the section called "Pricing for Domain Name
Registrations and Registry Services (Section 2.10 of the .org renewal


Many nonprofits like ourselves work to create and produce more software
programmers (we run a free coding academy in Leominster) and many nonprofits
like ourselves work to provide free incubation services for new
software/web-based companies. Many companies like us also provide free tools
to improve our community and society. We operate in a voluntary manner and
operate with extremely limited budgets (a single grant) to cover
administration and overhead costs. Much of our recurring costs are
associated with hosting platforms. An increase to this cost will use up our
funding quicker and cut the length of time we can continue our service.
Therefore, we disagree with removing the cap on domain name registrations
and registry services for the .org domain. 


Since the .org domain should only be associated with nonprofits, it should
be a refuge from companies seeking profit and market exploitation. This
includes the registry itself. The retention of a cap is appropriate and
probably necessary. Non-profit companies have to deal with fewer and fewer
low cost options to carry out operations as more and more vendors look to
exploit non-profits as new market areas and more profit. As such, non-profit
services can't afford to operate and many will simply go away. It's simply
getting too expensive to operate. 


Finally, the registries should consider companies like ours as assets and
provide even lower cost services. Why? Because many of us work to make new
programmers, new companies, and new support tools. The internet is the main
tool for the benefactors of our services. It is not logical to increase the
costs of such services. We work to grow the size of your market. Our folks,
services, and tools might start out operating in the .org domain, but they
move to .com.


Trent Larson, 


LGDOR, Inc.  



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