[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Increase goes against anti-trust rules AND common sense

Maarten Hoogstraate mh at hloservices.com
Thu Apr 25 13:15:10 UTC 2019

Dear Sir, Madam,

The removal of caps on .org TLD should not continue for the following reasons:


The 10% cap being already quite hefty if applied, removing a cap would mean abusing what essentially is a monopoly position. Existing domain name holders have nowhere else to go. You must be well aware that changing to another domain is not a realistic option in today’s indexed way of using internet. The internet and its infrastructure are akin to a public utility company. If electricity companies were allowed to increase prices at their discretion, what could people do? They would be a hostage of their situation: one cannot stop consuming electricity, but you are also not allowed do construct a parallel power grid with a group of other people to try and compete. Removing price protection when stakeholders do not have realistic alternatives boils down to a predatory practice that would be illegal as well as morally rejectable.


For the .org TLD we are talking in general about not-for-profit organizations. Any price increase is likely to be at the expense of the good work most of these organizations do for our society.

Yours sincerely

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