Thank you for this opportunity to post comment on the new gTLD Application Guidebook. New TLDs will provide needed namespace for the growing and record numbers of people and websites joining the Internet. There are new TLD initiatives specifically designed that promise to serve people and communities who currently are not uniquely or effectively being served. New choices and competition in the domain namespace will create increased opportunity for businesses, non-profits and, most importantly, Internet users. This is exciting, extremely beneficial and progressive. Some new TLD initiatives have designed business plans with the primary purpose of benefiting the greater and global public good – I refer to them as "Cause-Based TLDs." While all new TLDs will benefit Internet users, and specific online communities for which they are designed, *I would like to draw attention to the fact that Cause-Based TLDs can offer benefits which can be useful to people around the world, regardless of how or if they use the internet.* For some of these, the time is crucial! As a result, I want to urge the ICANN Board and members of the GAC to avoid further delays, allow the TLD innovation to commence, and move the new TLD process forward! Cause-Based TLDs and the world are depending on your timely approval of the application process. I would like to urge ICANN’s Chairman, Mr. Peter Dengate Thrush, and ICANN’s President/CEO, Mr. Rod Beckstrom, as well as the honorable ICANN Board to recognize that cause-based TLD initiatives and others are *timely* to *all* people. Delaying the TLD process deprives and harms people and their economies. These are DotGreen’s requests to the Board: · Please avoid further delays to the approval of the Guidebook and the new TLD application process. · Please approve a 2011 application window for new TLDs. · Please consider shortening the application window to 30 days. I am grateful and thankful for the industry experts including members of the GAC and those in the ICANN community, constituencies, and committees, as well as ICANN staff who have worked tirelessly for many months to bring the application process to its current state, with the goal of benefitting the Internet user. Sincerely, Annalisa Roger Founder/CEO of DotGreen *DotGreen* 300 Drakes Landing, Suite 220 Greenbrae, CA 94904 Office (415) 925-1012 Fax (415) 925-1063 twitter.com/annalisaroger www.dotgreen.org Please consider the environment before printing this email. Thank you! Also: The information in this e-mail may be privileged, confidential, and protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution, or copying is prohibited. If you think that you have received this e-mail in error, please delete all copies.