[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement
andrew at konecnyconsulting.ca
Mon Apr 29 21:30:46 UTC 2019
I am a domain name registrant that supports non-for-profits.
ICANN staff should not unilaterally impose URS in legacy TLDs when that
issue is precisely what is being examined by the volunteer ICANN Working
Group who has been mandated to review this issue. ICANN policy making is
supposed to be a ‘bottom up, multi-stakeholder model’.
I believe that legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from for-profit
new gTLDs. Legacy TLDs are essentially a public trust, unlike new 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 new gTLDs, registrants of legacy TLDs registered their
names and made their online presence on legacy TLDs on the basis that
price caps would continue to exist.
Unrestrained price increases on the millions of .org registrants who are
not-for-profits or non-profits would be unfair to them. Unchecked price
increases have the potential to result in hundreds of millions of
dollars being transferred from these organizations to one non-profit,
the Internet Society, with .org registrants receiving no benefit in
return. ICANN should not allow one non-profit nearly unlimited access to
the funds of other non-profits.
The opposite should become the standard that after a new gTLD has become
well established (such 10+ years in operation) that it starts to be
restrained from wild price increases well beyond inflation. This is a
key thing required to help those new gTLDs to become acceptable as a
primary domain for an organization. My recommendation on the new gTLDs
is to not use them as a primary identifier (what a domain name
essentially is after all) until we can be sure we don't have any issues
of volatility of that name space, including pricing.
ICANN appears to be entirely catering to registries by removing price
caps. ICANN should stand up for the public interest and registrants!
Konecny Consulting Inc.
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