[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] ICANN's new proposal that allows uncapped price increases for website hosting

Cat Saunders (www.drcat.org) drcat55 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 25 13:49:25 UTC 2019

Dear ICANN representative--
With great dismay, I read an email notice this morning from my website host, Namecheap, saying this:
"ICANN’s current contract with Public Interest Registry (PIR), the group that runs the .org domain name, allows PIR to increase the wholesale price of .org domains by 10% a year. Now ICANN is proposing extending the contract to operate .org but letting PIR set whatever prices it wants."

Quite honestly, my first response was, "This is crazy!  Who's behind this ridiculously greedy proposal?"
I even wondered if this proposal is coming from the top down.  In other words, is the current political administration--which is steeped in greed--now attempting to sink its claws into yet another realm, namely, Internet hosting services?
On another note, the issue of Net Neutrality remains controversial as state and national lawmakers continue to wage battle between the forces of greed and the forces of fairness during an administration that's clearly in bed with big business at the expense of small businesses nationwide.
Now ICANN is considering a proposal to allow PIR to raise domain prices indiscriminately, which obviously favors big business over small business once again.
Indeed, it's difficult for me to refrain from resorting to outrage and even profanity in the face of ICANN's bald-faced show of disrespect for those of us who, as small businesspeople, struggle just to stay afloat amidst a sea of continually increasing prices.  
ICANN's current proposal goes far beyond its previously reasonable yearly price allowances (10%) into the realm of downright hostility toward any business that can barely keep up with the reasonable 10% increases, much less uncapped increases.
I urge ICANN to consider, with heart, its unconscionable lack of consideration for small businesses everywhere--and instead, stay the course with its previous 10% yearly price increases.
Thank you for your time and consideration. 
Kind regards--
Cat Saunders, Ph.D.
Author, Dr. Cat's Helping Handbook:A Compassionate Guide for Being HumanP.O. Box 31161
Seattle, WA  98103
(206) 329-0125
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