[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Comment re: .org price cap removal

William LePera wlepera at jenniefoundation.org
Sat Apr 27 01:46:07 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant (non-profit).

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 
registrants. 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.

William LePera
Vice-President and Treasurer
The Jennie Foundation
wlepera at jenniefoundation.org

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