As CEO of Internet REIT, I strongly urge that language be included in the ICANN registries agreements that expressly bars tiered pricing of registrations of .biz, .info and .org. There is an inherent conflict of interest in having the registrar be able to set a price for renewal. As written, the current agreement gives registries an unfair advantage and larger stake in the success of Web sites while asking business operators to bear the cost of success. Web sites are akin to trademarks. We don't ask companies with successful trademarks to re-register their trademarks based on the value of their trademark. Why do we leave the door open to a for-profit company to decide what the prices are for Web sites? Registrars register Web sites. That should be it. They ought not be responsible for establishing the pricing. That is the responsibility of ICANN, and a task that ICANN must not abdicate to for-profit companies. Sincerely, Bob Martin Bob Martin, CEO Internet REIT, Inc. office: 713-628-7654 x 11 * cell: 512-576-9000 Fax: 713-583-9582 1233 W. Loop South, Suite 1400 Houston, Texas 77027 Acquisition & Development of Internet Real Estate Confidentiality Note: This e-mail, and any attachment to it, contains privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the individual or entity named on the e-mail. If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that reading, disseminating or using any of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately return it to the sender and delete it from your system. Thank you.