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How Ethos Capital could restrict .org price increases

The private equity firm says it’s agreeable to putting price caps into concrete agreements.

Logo for .org domain, featuring a blue circle with white letters spelling ORGNTEN, a group that represents non-profits, held a conference call today with a number of participants impacted by the Internet Society’s transaction to sell .org to Ethos Capital.

Ethos Capital founder Erik Brooks said that it is evaluating ways to put teeth behind its commitment to limiting price increases.

The firm will hold webinars in the coming weeks to discuss mechanisms to do this.

One idea that has been done by another registry is to cap prices in its agreement with registrars. .Club had such a term in its registry-registrar agreement; it limited price increases to 15% total or inflation over the first five years.

The challenge is how long this is enforceable. It’s one thing to restrict prices in an agreement that lasts for a few years. It’s another to restrict it in perpetuity.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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