[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Feedback on the .org agreement

Kenward Vaughan kay_jay at kvaughan.org
Thu Apr 25 17:01:36 UTC 2019

Thank you for the opportunity to submit a comment.

I am a .org registrant. I am not a company, only a family. I hold the 
.org registration because many important contacts I must maintain 
(banking, etc) do not recognize the newer extension I own and would 
preferably use, so I added this domain which has been universally 
recognized for a long, long time (Internet-wise, that is).

I really do not see allowing unbridled control of prices by PIR as being 
fair for the many, many others like myself who use the legacy .org 
extension for meaningful purposes outside of making money (which is why 
uncontrolled prices just are not right for this).

ICANN should be doing more to protect owners of .org domain names. Why 
is ICANN trying to remove price protections for .org domain owners who 
like myself are non-profits and the like, allowing PIR to overcharge us 
for our domain names?

Removing price caps is not fair to .org domain owners. If price caps are 
removed, the cost to renew their domain names may become too expensive, 
and they could be forced to give up websites that they have used for 
years that are important to them.

There is a difference between a legacy extension (created with the 
support of the US government even before the existence of ICANN) which 
has millions of existing users and the brand new extensions that started 
off with a new set of rules, in particular no price controls, and no 
existing registrants. They have completely different characteristics, 
history, and ownership structure.

Please do not ignore these differences and propose that they be treated 
the same.

Kenward Vaughan
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