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

Roy Jawani royjawani at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 15:12:18 UTC 2019

To whom it may concern,

       Please do not do this! Allowing PIR, the registry operator, to act monopolistically with such a prominent TLD goes against what the Web should be.

	As a .org registrant I strongly oppose the unconscionable proposal allowing removal of a cap on price increase for .org domain registration, via Section 2.10 of the .org renewal agreement.

	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.

	The .org gTLD is used largely by nonprofits. The price cap provisions of the .org agreement are vital for these service organizations. In fact price caps should be applied to all tld's! Automation technology is supposed to make basic services like operation of a domain registry cheaper over time. These costs should be minimal as the process is normally automated with flat and minimal associated overhead costs.

	ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price caps. As a non profit institution ICANN should stand up for the interest of the public and registrants! If the domain registries can't figure out how to operate on around $10 per domain per year or less, the management ought to be given over to some sort of non-profit cooperative other than ICAAN, or to a fully automated blockchain-based smart contract system.

	The internet benefits society. The registry of domain names should not be turned in to a profiteering machine to benefit a few at the expense of many.

	So far ICANN has done an admirable job in administering the net. Please move on to more productive topics that strengthen the openness and power of the internet for all. Rather than a fee limit increase/removal of cap, change the suggestion to a perpetual domain, once bought it's the owners property, with no further charges allowed except for the legal transfer of the domain.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond.

Roy Jawani
IT Consultant
Austin, Texas, USA

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