comments of dotEUS Association
The Basque Language and Culture Community [ BLCC ], which is distributed all over the world, is actively and deeply committed to the development and evolution of its language and culture. Because of that, the PuntuEus [ dotEus in Euskara ] Association, which represents the [ BLCC ], will apply for .EUS TLD. We could not attend the meeting in Cartagena, moreover, we could not afford it [ .EUS is a social non-for-profit project and our resources are limited: time, people, money... ]. But as applicants, we take advantage of this opportunity you give us to express our worries about the issues raised in the Proposed Final Version of the AGB. As the GAC proposed in its letter of September 23rd, we also consider that there are "a number of relatively straightforward, non-sensitive and uncontroversial gTLD proposals – including community-based initiatives – which are being unduly delayed as a result of wider operational and policy development issues that do not directly concern or involve them" It is known that clTLDs have nothing to do with overarching issues, either trademark protection or malicious conduct. Furthermore, as the last version of the AGB mentions, “we propose dedicated registration and use policies for registrants” as we understand this is the only way to achieve our objective: foster the Basque Language and Culture on the Internet. Taking into account the complexity of opening a 'global' window, we do think that a fast-track window is the only way to keep our socially beneficial, non-for-profit and volunteer-based project alive. This idea was proposed as a solution in the Step By Step document, which we signed. As signatories, we do believe that “opening a fast-track window: 1) will create an environment of trust within the process of implementing a predictable cycle of new TLD application cycles; 2)will enable applicants to become operational with minimal risk to the integrity of the broader application process; and 3) will spread the load of evaluating a large number of applicants in a bigger window. This is beneficial for ICANN’s operational stability”. Finally, we would like to underline that .EUS TLD and, in general, all clTLDs seek to respond to a very specific need: strengthen small cultural and linguistic communities. Our communities are waiting. We told them, more than once, that ICANN was going to open 'the window' in few months. But they still continue waiting. To conclude, we hope we will be able to apply for .EUS in 2011. No more delays, please. Thank you.