[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] .org stability.

Tom Rothamel tom at rothamel.us
Thu Apr 25 16:53:39 UTC 2019

According to
https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en/#article1, "The
mission of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
("ICANN") is to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's
unique identifier systems".

Allowing arbitrary increases to the renewal pricing of .org domain names
hurts this mission. Large increases (the only kind that could not be
covered by limits) mean that some share of the .org domain names would
become to expensive to be renewed. This will have a carry-on effect - the
information present at the domains will vanish. Software that has been
hard-coded to use those urls will stop working. And in general, the
stability of the internet and the resources it depends on will diminish.

For what reason? It's hard to claim that predictable pricing for .org
domain names is a problem that needs to be fixed. Instead, the price
protection that has been part of a .org domain is something that should be
extended to other gTLDs. To do otherwise would be to run the risk of
unconstrained cost increases threatening the stability of the identifier
systems ICANN runs.
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