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W3.Org membership fee structure

From: Ralph Falkenburg <ralph.falkenburg@klatu.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2008 12:43:17 -0600
To: <karen@w3.org>
Cc: <site-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <063501c957c5$d7bc8580$87359080$@falkenburg@klatu.net>
Karen Myers

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Ms. Myers;


I checked W3.org towards joining and was surprised to find a membership fee
structure which seemed to be based on some sort of country-based
affordability schema.. (e.g. a small company in India would pay 953 USD
annually..).  ~ We canít understand the difference between a small company
in India and a small company in the US.


If cost of membership exceeds a certain percentage of a companyís revenues,
it becomes unaffordable (especially in these times).  Also, by setting high
prices, the membership pricing schema appears to be exclusionary.


Are you planning any pricing changes to enlarge the ranks of the
participating organizations?


Please advise.


Thank you,


Ralph Falkenburg





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