Where is ICANN?
I was reading through the comments left by others and I noticed that George Kirikos pointed out here: "I also find it disturbing that the ICANN staff who prepared the draft agreements stated that for the existing 2005-2007 gTLD agreements for Section 7.3: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtld-draft-summary-changes-24oct08-en.pdf "ICANNs unsponsored gTLD registry agreements have not included price controls." This is demonstrably FALSE, see Section 7.3 of the current .biz, .info and .org agreements: http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/biz/registry-agmt-08dec06.htm http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/info/registry-agmt-08dec06.htm http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/org/registry-agmt-16jul08.htm each of which have in place a "Maximum Service Fee" due to the hard work of many in the ICANN community. It's very alarming that such misleading information is being put out by ICANN in regards to the description of existing consumer protections that exist for registrants. ICANN's registries have managed to create a "presumptive renewal" for themselves at the expense of the ICANN community who would fare better if registry operations were tendered to the lowest bidder. At a minimum, existing domain registrants should expect presumptive renewal of their own domains at a constant price, or one that reflects a price index of global technology costs (which is generally far below that of the Consumer Price Index)" --------------------------------------------------------------------- My question is why hasn't anyone at ICANN commented on this? George posted this in late October. Clearly price controls were placed into effect due to the efforts of many 2 years ago. Is this just an oversight by ICANN and no one at ICANN actually reads this board? I find this very puzzling. Another thing I find puzzling is the whole idea of opening up the namespace to "unlimited" tlds. The economy as a whole appears to be heading for bad times the likes of which no one has seen since the great depression. Shouldn't ICANNs focus be on lowering costs for everyone with existing tlds so businesses have a better chance to survive in this brutal economic climate? Shouldn't ICANN set an example by spending the least it possibly can on its business meetings? Shouldn't ICANN's real focus be on providing the most value it can for registrants and creating a stable economic environment - one that doesn't need to be concerned about potential tiered pricing or price hikes? This, along with internet security, seems to me what ICANN should be working on.... ways to reduce costs.... not allowing uncapped pricing and potential tiered pricing in new tld contracts that could then be applied to existing gtld contracts. Even just the psychological effects of the potential for tiered pricing could destroy the internet economy and the economy as a whole completely. As it stands now, there will likely be many internet businesses going out of business even with low domain prices and internet costs. This due to general economic mismanagement and the effects of high oil prices which may continue to blunt the economy for a long time to come. The internet needs real leadership from ICANN. Not new tld domain registration terms which permit unlimited pricing....something the internet economy was not founded on. We need lower prices now more than ever with a looming economic depression. The world economy is at stake. The real insult is that domain registrants already spoke out on this issue two years ago... even getting congressmen involved... no unlimted pricing or tiered pricing...we need price caps...I hope someone at ICANN is listening. Tom