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  • To: biz-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx
  • From: beachroad2@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 12:36:28 -0700

To the ICANN Board,

The proposed TLD Registry Renewal Contracts for .info, .biz, and .org
domains have a seriously flawed component whereby a Registry will be
able to set arbitrary rates without price caps at whatever the market
will bear. This will create a financially devasting impact on the
business models of millions of domain and web site owners worldwide.

The impact will be especially damaging to .org and .info domain owners
and site operators who for the most part use .org and .info domains
for non-profit, charitable organizations, and educational purposes.

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been invested into the core
domain name infrasctructure of the Internet with the secured
expectation that acquiring, owning and maintaining domains would
always be affordable and make economic sense for a long term

To enable and facilitate a way for registry's to financially exploit
and gouge the marketplace would not only be a business tragedy, but it
goes against the grain of all the base principles upon which the
Internet was conceived. It would certainly deter new entrepreneurs
from considering venturing onto the Net if there is no certainty what
their site's URL location will be costing them each year they renew.
And the vast multitude of current domain owners and web site operators
would close up shop if their costs of doing business skyrocketed on
every domain they own.

Even more importantly, this flaw would give an unfair economic
advantage to individuals and corporations who have substantial capital
resources who could outbid less fortunate and startup entrepreneurs
with limited capital.

And inevitably, there would be a tidal wave of costly and time
consuming lawsuits and litigation that ICANN itself would have to deal
with from the millions of impacted domain owners.

Thus, I respectfully request that you reconsider and reconstruct the
contracts and remove this no price caps clause completely.

Darryl Brooks
OCJobs, inc.

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