Marina Del Rey stinks like fish!
The proposed settlement between ICANN and VeriSign looks like a screw job for domain owners, consumers, and the public in general. Economies of scale, competition, software products with no marginal costs only fixed costs, and other reasons --all mean that the cost to register domains should go down --not up. So why are prices going up? Gee, I wonder. Mark these words: monopolies cause prices to go through the roof! The problem here is that there is no competition, because ICANN appears to be protecting VeriSign's monopoly. ICANN should advocate for the public, not bow to VeriSign. Tucows bid only $2. The price from Verisign, $6.25, is over 300% the cost -- and it will only increase in the coming years! In the worst case, the price for domains should have stayed the same; there is no justifiable reason for an increase. What was wrong with the Tucows bid? Why wasn't there a formal bidding process for this important contract? If VeriSign breeched the existing contract, why was there the presumption of renewal? Why does VeriSign have a back door to ICANN? Why did ICANN throw the consumers from the frying pan (VeriSign's sitefinder) into the fire (this settlement)? And, there is still no guarantee that sitefinder won't come back from the grave! Why does ICANN routinely give VeriSign a blank check and allow it to bully ICANN? And, why are ICANN's fees going up? Why does ICANN spend so much on legal fees, and travel for staff? To add insult to injury, ICANN board members are planning to vote for compensation for themselves. Talk about incredibly bad PR! Last, why is the public only invited to comment now? This looks like a done deal. This is an outrage! ICANN is in direct dereliction of its duties. Marina Del Rey stinks like fish! Sincerely, Hal Meyer PO Box 5757 Wakefield, RI USA http://domainpost.com http://hogsearch.com http://milf.org