Everyone in this field is likely aware of how important the .ORG domain extension is to nonprofits. And for nearly two decades, decisions regarding how .ORG registrations and renewals are handled have been the purview of the Internet Society (ISOC).
This organization is responsible for policy decisions such as registration fees, suspensions, and rights protections.
A recent action alert from NTEN highlights a plan by ISOC to sell off the Public Interest Registry to a private equity firm.
Have you heard the news? Control of the .ORG domain is being sold to a private equity firm.
Nonprofits around the world rely on .ORG. It’s become synonymous with the nonprofit sector. Yet the Internet Society has decided to sell it in a betrayal of its 2002 promise to have all .ORG decisions driven by the nonprofit sector.
NTEN has grave concerns about the sale and is one of 26 organizations that have signed a letter in opposition. You can read the letter with our concerns explained.
Can I count on you to add your name to the letter right now? We need as many people as we can get to join the opposition. Can we start with you?
If allowed, this sale could put nonprofits at serious risk of price hikes for .ORG domain name registrations and renewals, the influx of organizations abusing .ORG status, and the ability to challenge registration suspensions.
NTEN has joined with 26 nonprofit service organizations* to craft an action campaign that provides everything you need to send a letter to ISOC’s leaders insisting they do not allow this sale.
*Sadly, neither the League of American Orchestras nor Opera America are among those original signers.