Comments Regarding Expressions of Interest Process
- To: draft-eoi-model@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Comments Regarding Expressions of Interest Process
- From: Anand Panjabi <apanjabi@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:38:16 +0000
I would like to state my comments for the current Expressions of Interest
("EOI") process, and appreciate the opportunity to make my views heard.
OVERALL SUPPORT OR NON-SUPPORT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
I support Expressions of Interest TLDs are imporant assets requiring
significant investment in finance, technical expertise, human capital, etc.
They should not be handed out freely to those without such investments in
infrastructure to provide all the required sales, service and support.
There is discussion about the $55,000 (USD) submission fee. I support a high
fee to discourage gaming. This seems like a reasonable threshold to allow
legitimate applicants to enter, dissuading cybersquatters.
MANDATORY NATURE OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
There is also a question about whether Expressions of Interest should be
mandatory for those applying for a new TLD. New TLD applicants should be
required to submit an EOI. AS per Q1 above.
The current EOI model will provide refunds of the submission fee only in
extraordinary circumstances, or unless ICANN is unable to accept new TLD
applications by a particular date. Refunds should be allowed only in limited
ICANN's draft EOI model contemplates a four-month communication period prior to
accepting EOI submissions. Four months is too long for the communications plan.
PUBLICATION OF DATA
Finally, there is a question about whether data collected from EOIs should be
made public. ICANN should publish all strings and applicants.
I totally support the EOI process and strongly encourage ICANN to do the same.
[This comment comes via the ICANN comment form found at
This form provides brief descriptions of the issues and allows easy comment
on the Expressions of Interest process.]