Oh, this is fucking swell. ICANN, the people that have overseen the .ORG subdomain since it was founded, eliminated price caps for domain owners after asking for public comment on a proposed new contract. While most of the comments appeared to be in favor of keeping price caps, they eliminated them in the new contract and promptly sold the registry to a private equity firm. The new owners swear they’re going to only raise the price 10% a year. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Update: I’m moving this out into the main feed, because it directly affects the registry of this website. As it turns out, Ethos Capital is owned by three billionaire Republican families. The EFF has a page with information about what we can do, and there’s a petition to sign. What this might do to stop things, I have no idea.