[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Opposed to the changes proposed in the .org agreement renewal
lobrien at clubi.ie
Thu Apr 25 13:28:23 UTC 2019
I am a .org registrant and a not-for-profit or non-profit organization.
The proposed changes are completely unacceptable as outlined below. As a
charitable organization, we have limited funds in which to maintain an
online presence. Completely unrestrained price increases would be a
disaster. It would almost certainly mean that maintaining a website in the
long-term would be unsustainable. As an organization, the "org" is critical
to our identity and alternatives would not have the same impact.
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
ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price caps.
ICANN should stand up for the public interest and registrants!
lobrien at clubi.ie
celtic.coder at gmail.com
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