No to variable pricing
August 18, 2006 To the Board of Directors of ICANN, I oppose the proposed changes to the .BIZ registry agreement, especially "variable domain pricing" on the following grounds: 1. It is not needed There is nothing wrong with the current system. In fact, the system as it is has been is one of the keystone's to the Internet's growth and health. 2. It would be destructive and unjust The language of the proposal is not entirely clear, but it appears that owners of domains who've invested considerably in building businesses on them would be put in the position of having to renew their domains at unlimited prices. This creates the possibility of pricing many thousands of existing businesses out of existence. 3. It would be a misuse of monopoly power gTLDs are, by definition, a monopoly and as such should be subject to regulation and price controls. 4. The public deserves better notice and more time to post comments This proposal represents a RADICAL change to the traditional system and at a minimum merits a much longer public comment period and a much greater effort on ICANN's part to educate users of the system as to the nature of the proposal. Thank you, Ken McCarthy Amacord, Inc.