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

James J. Fontaine jjf at pcswebdesign.com
Mon Apr 29 22:08:38 UTC 2019



I am a domain name registrant of many domains including .org domains both
for myself and on behalf of 501(c)-3 and not-for-profit organizations.


Legacy gTLDs are fundamentally different from the new for-profit 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 from the new
gTLDs which were created, bought, and paid for by private parties.
Registrants of these legacy extensions should be entitled to price
predictability and 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 is supposed to represent a "bottom up, consensus-driven
multi-stakeholder model."  ICANN 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 should be looking out for all .org registrants and 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 too much power to the registry. This is not acceptable for a "public
benefit" organization that exists to represent many stakeholders.




James Fontaine

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