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Proposed Tiered Pricing For .BIZ

  • To: biz-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Proposed Tiered Pricing For .BIZ
  • From: "Shaun P." <aactive@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 14:46:51 -0700

To the ICANN Board,

I am writing to object to the proposed new registry agreement for the .BIZ 
registry. The inclusion of open-ended tiered pricing in the "Lifting of Price 
Controls on Registry Services" section of the proposed agreement will be 
extremely harmful to the Internet and will severely limit and stifle its growth.

The above proposal has the very real potential to make having an Internet 
presence unaffordable for the vast majority and reserving it for those with 
deep pockets. To offer the registry a blank checkbook would be giving them 
carte blanche to charge amounts that can make or break potentially hundreds of 
thousands of people's Internet ambitions is, in my opinion, misguided at best 
and almost criminal at worst.

The Internet is supposed to be for all people, not just a select group. There 
should be a uniform price for all Internet domains in the .BIZ space that 
reflects the cost of offering the registry service. Having a double standard 
that allows charging whatever the registry chooses for specific .BIZ domains at 
their whim is unscrupulous and unfair.

The proposed "Lifting of Price Controls on Registry Services" registry 
agreement gives the registry economic power over the Internet that is well 
beyond its legitimate rights. These rights should be limited to ICANN or better 
still, to the Department of Commerce that oversees ICANN.

ICANN, stop this potential abuse before it happens and keep the Internet as a 
conduit for all people and not just those that can afford it.


Shaun Pilfold

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