New fees without control?
We represent 300 .com domains registrered through our company. We are very sorry to hear the news about the proposed settlement between ICANN and VeriSign. This sounds like a Cartel to me. I don't know how this kind of deal is allowed in the competitive world. I don't know how we can allow two monopolies to scratch each other's back, maximizing their own profits and sacrificing consumers' benefits. Ultimately, it is consumers who will pay for their "collaboration." We have a big crises in Portugal, and we belive that this settlement will make a big damage to our business. Our margin as domain reseller will be seriously in danger. As a result, we propose: * The proposed .com renewal contract should be reworked to reflect the Internet community's concerns. * The gTLD namespaces are a public trust; no registry operator, including VeriSign, should be given indefinite control over them, especially one as important as .com. * VeriSign's unilateral price increases that are not cost-based and not subject to approval should not be allowed. * All ICANN fees should continue to be approved by the Internet community. * Internet users should not have to pay an unreasonable "ICANN Tax" or pay more for domain names just to increase VeriSign's profits. Sincerely, -- ______________________________________________________________ Duarte Diogo CEO Chrome, Lda Chrome - ServiÃos de InformÃtica, Lda Portugal NÃmero GrÃtis / Toll Free Phone: 800 206 318 International +351 219 170 955 +351 919 358 908