"Dangerous" provisions in this agreement
The combination of "presumptive renewal" and the "lifting of price controls on registry services" is incredibly dangerous. Imagine buying a home, taking on a large mortgage, remodeling, moving in, only to be informed 6 months later that your property taxes will go up 10,000% with no better services offered by local government. The government doesn't care if you can't pay your tax/mortgage because they don't really want you to pay your tax... they want you to abandon your home so they can take your property and resell it to a higher payer for more money, pocketing the difference themselves, leaving you with nothing. This agreement as written leaves the door open to exactly that type of scenario. Domain registrants accustomed to paying $8 or $10 may suddenly be faced with a bill for $500.00 per name year or more because their name is desired by more than one party. Profitable sites such as Google.biz could get renewal bills of $100,000 per year.. or 1 million per year. The registry doesn't care -- if the registrant fails to renew the name they can offer a domain parking service to monetize latent traffic from the former registrant's activity. A registry changing the rules in the sandbox, usurping the rights of the registrants it was meant to serve, creating fiefdoms in the name of profit for the registry operator.. The scenarios just described are wide open for implementation if this agreement passes unchanged. It is troubling that in 2006 ICANN still consistently fails to take into account the mercantilist instincts of its for-profit registry partners. This agreement should never have made it to this comment phase as written. ICANN's time horizon is much shorter sighted than the registry operator. It is profoundly troubling that no-one at ICANN has thought to build the simplest of safeguards to protect small business people and end users from the wholesale change in pricing structure, left open in these agreements. I urge ICANN to reject this agreement as written, to modify the salient points relating to price control in order to provide certainty and assurance for the registrants of this name-space. Registry operators would be well served to model the successful registries. The largest most thriving name-spaces are those with consistent, predictable and moderate pricing. Where registrants of all kinds can grow their businesses without the heavy-hand of intervention or price manipulation. Namespaces are remarkably similar to "countries" in that those that foster low taxes, liberty and opportunity for all, are those that attract the best, brightest; and ultimately thrive to the envy of others. Sincerely, Frank Schilling.