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

Alex Larson adl3290 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 14:48:00 UTC 2019

This seems to be a cash grab for ISOC and PIR and does not appear to have
any reasonable justifications behind it other than to line the pockets of
ISOC and PIR. As outline in this article,
, ISOC and PIR are arguably not even necessary for a for a well-functioning
.org registry. Why should non-profit organizations hemorrhage money to feed
two organizations that already have plenty of funding and are not really
even needed? Also quoting the article I linked, " ICANN is on the verge of
subjecting millions of long-established non-profits to destabilizing and
unpredictable pricing for the benefit of a couple of non-profits. This
would appear to undermine ICANN’s core mission “to secure the stable and
secure operation” of the domain name system. ". Reading about how Vint Cerf
of ISOC had served as a Board member and Chair of ICANN for a number of
years also seems to scream some form of conflict of interest. The removal
of the existing price contstraints is completely unnecessary and would also
conflict with the following taken directly from ICANN's core values:

[g]. Where feasible, depend on market mechanisms to promote and sustain a
competitive environment.

ICANN would be enabling ISOC and PIR to manipulate the price without any

The list of reasons go on and on for why the existing price constraints
should not be removed. Meanwhile, the only reason for removing the price
constraints is to siphon millions out of non profits to the benefit of 2
unnecessary non profits. ICANN should not follow through with removing the
existing price constraints.

Alex Larson
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