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

Andrew Konecny 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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