[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed changes to .org registry agreement

Robert Lowe rlowe at asaging.org
Thu Apr 25 14:34:54 UTC 2019


My organization is extremely concerned by the proposal to eliminate the existing caps on price for .org domain registrations as part of the renewed agreement between ICANN and Public Interest Registry.

Like our peers in the for-profit sector, nonprofit organizations have long had business models that are highly dependent upon websites that are already a source of considerable expense for many small-budget nonprofits in particular. The prospect of potentially having to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars annually for domain name registrations that have hitherto been priced at a much more affordable level is unnerving, to say the least. Nonprofit organizations will be far more challenged to absorb arbitrary and potentially large price increases in domain name registration costs than for-profit organizations which have the option of passing such costs on to their customers in various ways.

Extracting rents from the nonprofit sector in the guise of an agreement that "takes into consideration the maturation of the domain name market and the goal of treating the Registry Operator equitably with registry operators of new gTLDs and other legacy gTLDs utilizing the base registry agreement" is not a progressive or responsible policy. We strongly urge ICANN to retain the existing policy of capping the allowable prices and annual price increases for .org registrations.


Robert R. Lowe
Chief Operating Officer
American Society on Aging
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