New gTLD Auction Rules
Dear Russ Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Auction Rules for New gTLDs version 2013-12-12. Our comments are not specifically related to the Auction Rules as drafted, but go to process and timing of the Auction events. Timing of Auction Events Our understanding from the Buenos Aires session on Auctions is that the Auction Events will occur on a Wednesday at UTC 1600. Firstly, will the Wednesday be narrowed down to the first, second, third or fourth Wednesday or the month for each Auction Event or will this vary? Secondly, we believe that UTC 1600 seriously disadvantages Bidders from the Asia Pacific Region given that the time is in the early hours of the morning. We provide the following table to demonstrate this point: Location Conversion UTC 1600 Daylight saving change over Singapore Midnight (SGT) Midnight (SGT) Melbourne 3am AEDT 2am (AEST) Los Angeles 8am PST 9am (PDT) New York 11am (EST) Noon (EDT) Brussels 5pm (CET) 6pm (CEST) Istanbul 6pm (EET) 7pm (EEST) We appreciate that in order to conduct an Auction Event, one time is necessary. However, as we believe the table above demonstrates, the UTC 1600 time represents a serious disadvantage to Bidders from parts of the Asia Pacific Region. We believe that, where possible, the timezone of the respective Bidders should be a factor in scheduling Auctions in an attempt to reduce the obvious disadvantage that participating in an Auction at 2am or 3am presents. As ICANN is entitled in its sole discretion to amend the Auction rules for any Auction at any time prior to the Deposit Deadline for that Auction we believe that this discretion could be used to apply some flexibility to scheduling. Process Outline, timeline and responsibilities It would be extremely helpful if ICANN could publish a document that outlined the Auction process from the time the Intent to Auction Notification is sent to Qualified Applicants through to ICANN announcing the winners and other details of each Auction Event. Trying to piece this information together from previous webinars and the current Auction Rules and other available documentation is challenging. Given the Auction process is administratively complicated and has limited flexibility associated with a number of the requirements we believe it is imperative to the success of the Auction process that Qualified Applicants are provided with a document that clearly outlines all the steps in the process. This document does not have to nominate dates, but should represent known timeframes within the process; who is responsible for the various components; and when, how and to whom Qualified Applicants need to provide information. Thank you again for the opportunity to comment on this issue. Donna [Description: Description: Description: ARI Logo]DONNA AUSTIN Policy and Industry Affairs Officer ARI REGISTRY SERVICES Melbourne | Los Angeles P +1 310 890 9655 P +61 3 9866 3710 E donna.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:donna.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> W www.ariservices.com<http://www.ariservices.com/> Follow us on Twitter<http://twitter.com/#!/ausregistryint> The information contained in this communication is intended for the named recipients only. It is subject to copyright and may contain legally privileged and confidential information and if you are not an intended recipient you must not use, copy, distribute or take any action in reliance on it. If you have received this communication in error, please delete all copies from your system and notify us immediately.