[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Ben Grant benjamin.j.grant at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 19:07:41 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant.

Legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from for-profit new gTLDs and 
should be treated that way. Legacy TLDs are what the internet was built 
on. They are essentially a public trust. They are very different than 
new gTLDs which were created, bought and paid for by private parties. 
Registrants of these legacy extensions should be entitled to price 
predictability & stability.

Advancements in technology should be driving the cost of operating a 
registry down, yet prices keep going up? Removing price caps is unfair 
to the millions of domain registrants. They will have no price 
protections. Every registrant will be at the complete mercy and whims 
of the registry. This could result in a transfer of funds from millions 
of non-profits to one non-profit, with no benefits to the domain 

ICANN is supposed to represent a "bottom up, consensus-driven 
multistakeholder model". ICANN 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 

ICANN should be looking out for the .org registrants, in particular the 
non-profits. There is no "public benefit" justification to these 
changes. It is just a handout to business at the expense of 
registrants’ rights and protections. Where are the protections for 
the millions of domain registrants that this could effect in a negative 
way? These changes would give way too much power to the registry. This 
is not acceptable for a "public benefit" organization that exists to 
represent many stakeholders.

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