Price Restriction is Necessary for .com/.net
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- Subject: Price Restriction is Necessary for .com/.net
- From: "Max Menius" <mmeniusjr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 22:52:43 -0500
Dear ICANN Board Members,
Before any new contract is approved with Verisign in regard to .com and
.net, unambiguous language must be specifically included in the contract that
prohibits tiered-pricing on new registrations and renewals in the .com and .net
namespace. The "removal of price restrictions" opens the door for severe damage
to domain registrants and internet businesses around the globe. It is unethical
to adopt a new pricing system that substantially deviates from the
well-established pricing norm to which com/net registrants have become
accustomed over the course of two decades. Moreover, dramatic price increases
could never be justified, and must be blocked due a potentially far-reaching,
disruptive effect on the underlying foundation of internet users and internet
businesses who ARE the inherent foundation and backbone of the internet.
Verisign should never be allowed to adopt a pricing system that lacks
clear limits or that puts domain registrants at potential risk of grossly
increased domain registration fees. This position mirrors the same logic that
was adopted two years ago when ICANN were called to address the contract
renewal concerns on biz/info/org domain names.
ICANN must act in accordance with good business practice and in a manner
that does not cater to the self-interest of any one corporate entity at the
collective expense of all individuals. ICANN are entrusted to protect the
interests of domain registrants. ICANN's integrity as an impartial steward and
policy maker must be demonstrated. Failure to include contract language which
states necessary price restrictions means that ICANN will have failed in their
mission and duty.
Menius Enterprises, Inc.
Greensboro, NC, USA