Term of Agreement and Termination
Dear ICANN Board,
one of the big surprises in the new .net contract between ICANN and the Registry was the autorenewal of the contract after 5 years.
I have never seen this in other industries. The autorenewal is clearly against the interests of the domain registrants and ICANN itself, because it prevents competition on the Registry level. It makes registries lazy and drives towards stagnancy and monopolies.
One of the core values of the ICANN bylaws is competition (Section 2, item 5 and 6):
5. Where feasible and appropriate, depending on market mechanisms to promote and sustain a competitive environment.
6. Introducing and promoting competition in the registration of domain names where practicable and beneficial in the public interest.
This values are violated through the proposed contract.
Therefore I adjure the ICANN board to delete the autorenewal section in the contract with the Registry.
Best regards, Elmar Knipp
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