comments on the current version 3 of the 'guidebook'
Comments below as email text, also attached as .doc: Comment – by David Allen re New gTLD Applicant Guidebook Version 3 (V3) Module 5 5.2.2ICANN is requiring full operability for IP v6. While support for the transition to v6 is laudable – provisions that quietly tilt against developing world applicants is not, most decidedly not. Favoritism, by shaping provisions easier for incumbent Western applicants, also assures increased hostility from other parts of the world.
5.4The annual fixed fee of US $25K, with the variable fee based on transaction volume, opens the question of ICANN annual revenue going forward. Some estimates put the figure at upwards of US $200 M. ICANN pointedly holds itself out to be ‘not for profit.’ Is the new cash flow going into even more grossly inflated salaries?
Module 6 6.3, 6.5 and 6.6, taken togetherICANN is implicitly acknowledging the monopoly role it would like to occupy. Only a party who feels it holds all the cards would imagine it can force the other party into such draconian, utterly one-sided provisions. But will that currently-excluded rest of the world find there is an alternative – and the monopoly card has slipped from ICANN’s grasp?
David Allen Concord MA USA
Comment on Guidebook v3 – by David Allen.doc