[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Registrant in Legacy TLDs

Brock Yates brock.yates at brockly.org
Thu Apr 25 13:20:01 UTC 2019

I am a domain name registrant.

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. ICANN policy making is

supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.

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,

registrants of legacy TLDs registered their names and made their online

presence on legacy TLDs on the basis that price caps would continue to


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!

Thank you Brock Yates
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