[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Against the changes proposed in the .org agreement renewal

Laurie Erickson laurieerickson at msn.com
Thu Apr 25 13:50:43 UTC 2019


I am a .org registrant. I run a small non-profit site that is for information only, solely to help people. It is not an official non-profit, but I collect no income from it (I donate my time and expense). If prices skyrocket on .org domains I would be forced to close my site. No equivalent .com name is available since I registered my .org name over 15 years ago!

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 that has been mandated to review this issue.

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 exist.

Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .org registrants who are not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them and would force many of us to close our sites. 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,
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