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Protesters fear rising costs if firm buys dot-org universe

Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 25, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists have protested the planned sale of dot-org online universe to an investment firm because they fear costs would soar.

About 20 people rallied Friday outside the Los Angeles building that houses the organization that oversees domain names.

ome organizations that use the dot-org suffix in their websites are concerned registering domain names could become a lot more expensive if a for-profit company is in control.

Private-equity firm Ethos Capital plans to buy the Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society for $1.1 billion. It says it doesn't plan to jack up prices and will respect freedom of expression.