Contract Extension MUST Address .Com Pricing
It is not the extension that needs to be discussed here, but the pricing over the .com monopoly. Right now pricing for .com domain names is governed by the Cooperative Agreement with the NTIA. If this contract extension is to be considered as proposed, it needs to be inherently tied to Verisign’s maintenance of the Cooperative Agreement with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Should Verisign fail to maintain and/or renew the Cooperative Agreement, this extension should be made null and void immediately on the date that the Cooperative Agreement is no longer in force. The .com contract will then need to be put out for a public bid to ensure that Verisign is not charging monopolistic prices. This is to ensure that Verisign is not given full reign to act as an independent monopoly and abuse its monopolistic powers without any pricing oversight. The contract extension at hand is not inherently an issue, except that it does not address pricing of .com domain names in any way what-so-ever. Pricing of .com domain names NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED if this contract extension is to be considered. Given that the pricing is governed in a separate agreement, the Cooperative Agreement, this early contract extension MUST stipulate that the Cooperative Agreement need to be renewed to the satisfaction of the NTIA for this contract extension to be binding. The proposed extension MUST NOT BE CONSIDERED If the contract extension does not either A.) address pricing of .com domain names directly or B.) require a valid Cooperative Agreement with the NTIA at all times during the period of this new contract.