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

Khalid kgkhan at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 29 13:28:44 UTC 2019

I am a .org registrant. 


ICANN staff should not unilaterally impose URS in legacyTLDs when that issue is precisely what is being examined by the volunteer ICANNWorking Group who has been mandated to review this issue. ICANN policy makingis supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.


I believe that legacy gTLDs are fundamentally differentfrom for-profit new gTLDs. Legacy TLDs are essentially a public trust, unlikenew gTLDs which were created, bought and paid for by private interests.Registrants of legacy TLDs are entitled to price stability and predictability,and should not be subject to price increases with no maximums. Unlike newgTLDs, registrants of legacy TLDs registered their names and made their onlinepresence on legacy TLDs on the basis that price caps would continue to exist.


Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .orgregistrants who are not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them.Unchecked price increases have the potential to result in hundreds of millionsof dollars being transferred from these organizations to one non-profit, theInternet Society, with .org registrants receiving no benefit in return. ICANNshould not allow one non-profit nearly unlimited access to the funds of othernon-profits.


ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries byremoving price caps. ICANN should stand up for the public interest andregistrants!

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