"To sum up, fewer than 0.07 percent of commenters thought it would be a
good idea to remove the price cap on .org domains, while more than 98
percent opposed the change.
But on Sunday, as the old contract was about to expire, ICANN approved a
new contract without a price cap."
Via Karl Auerbach, who wrote:
"ICANN screws several million non-profit groups, schools, churches, and
But this is just a prelude to the mass screw-a-thon of hundreds of
millions when ICANN removes price limits for .com and .net.
The are monopolies - the users can not change their domain names without
essentially having to change the internet identity that they have spent
decades constructing. And to make matters worse, the prices being
charged now are arbitrary and capricious - they bear no realistic
relation to the costs of providing that service. I have estimated that
the price may be as much as 350x the cost - in other words a source of
massive profits. And now ICANN wants to allow those to be raised?
Is it time to dismantle ICANN? Has that body done anything of value over
its lifetime (the few good things with which it has been associated -
internationalized DNS name, DNSSEC - have all been largely the work of
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics