[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comment against the proposed renewal of .org registry agreement.

David Evans d at aandd.org
Thu Apr 25 15:04:57 UTC 2019

I am the owner of AandD.org 

1. Approved Services.

I'm against a searchable Whois database and believe Europe's GPRD will cause this to be impractical. While the whois service was useful in the 80s and 90s it's now a relic that should be removed from public view. If the Whois is to be kept then "privacy services" should be banned and all contact details for all registered domains should be visible. 

Obviously I prefer the deprecation of the Whois service but the "privacy services" is incompatible with an open Whois service. Choose one method and if it's not the removal of an open Whois service I believe ICANN will have many more loosing cases in Europe.

2. Pricing for Domain Name Registrations and Registry Services.
I'm very against removing the prices cap for .org TLD costs. There is no competition as ICANN has allowed Public Internet Registry to have exclusive ownership of this (and other gTLDs). 

If there was established competition, like in the domain name registries, then I would be for removing price caps. By competition I mean more than an oligarchy of a few entities with a gentleman's agreement not to compete but active commercial differentiation between services being offered.

David Evans
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