In case anyone in this domain name industry really cares, the .org Registry Agreement contract was not the only contract renewed by ICANN.
The .info, .biz and .asia Registry Agreement contracts were renewed too on 30 June 2019!
Who approved these 4 contracts and who signed them? Nobody knows! Is there any accountability in ICANN?
ICANN Public Meeting 65 in Marrakesh, Morocco (Jun 24, 2019 – Jun 28, 2019) had no mention of these contracts and the ICANN board certainly didn’t approve them. We all know that these public meetings are just for show and to waste our money but this went too far. NOTHING has come out of ICANN regarding these contract renewals! NOTHING!
The ICANN board of directors was supposed to make these contract decisions, after consulting the public comments! So if it wasn’t the board that approved these contract renewals, who did???
.Org, .info and .biz agreements removed all price caps. Domain name prices can skyrocket anytime. Yep, ICANN the organization built 20 years ago to protect all domain name owners screwed us all.
PIR (Public Interest Registry), Afilias and Neustar were issued the license to print money. These 3 US companies were given again these legacy extensions without even a call for tenders.
All 4 agreements added the Uniform Rapid Suspension system (“URS”) as a domain name dispute mechanism.
All this mess happened while ICANN pissed on thousands of people, companies and organizations that participated in 4 ICANN public comment periods for the renewal of these registry agreements. Almost 99% of comments opposed the removal of price caps and almost everyone that considered the URS said it was a bad idea. The .org comment period alone had 3,252 comments opposing the removal of price caps and 6 in favor.
What? You don’t care about .Org, .Info and .Biz? .Com and .Net are next!
Read my previous posts on the removal of price caps on .org, .info and .biz: