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  • To: biz-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx, info-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx, org-tld-agreement@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Domains
  • From: "Tom Clowes" <clowesy@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 21:24:57 +0100

I wish to make known that the domaining industry is a prosperous and
exciting one partly because of the way it is run. It allows anyone an
equal chance to own top domains, whereas your proposal will make it
near impossible. It will also make buying a good domain not
worthwhile, and simply put no-one will be interested any longer.

I wish to express my profound concern that the proposed registry
agreements for .org, .biz and .info do not prohibit predatory price
rises by the registries. ICANN was entirely right to object to
Verisign's SiteFinder service, and for all the right reasons, but
appears not to have learned the obvious lesson: that registries can
be motivated to do things that are not in registrants' interests.
Given that reality, removal of price caps is likely to result in
anticompetitive practices that seriously impact internet
stakeholders. I hope that you will reconsider this aspect of the

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