Comments/questions on the Draw Proposal
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Prioritization Draw. Most of the below comments are offered as a series of questions that I hope ICANN can answer to clarify key parts of the program for all applicants 1) Are IDN applicants required to purchase a ticket and participate in the Draw? a. If so - will IDN applications be considered in a separate Draw from all other applications? b. If an IDN applicant is NOT required to purchase a ticket and participate in the Draw and accordingly chooses to opt out of the Draw, is the IDN application placed: (i) at the end of the cue of all IDN applications; (ii) at the end of the cue for all applications; or (iii) according to some other determination? 2) If an applicant chooses NOT to participate in the Draw, how is the order for that applicant's application determined? Does the answer change if the application is for an IDN? 3) If an applicant has a low draw number but is NOT ready to proceed as quickly as others, what opportunities are there for the applicant to slow its application's progress? My understanding from Kurt's presentation in Toronto is that applicants can schedule later for pre-delegation testing, contract negotiation and contract signing. Please confirm. a. IF so-may IDN applicants who want to delay the process schedule pre-delegation testing, contract negotiation, etc. later than non-IDN applications? b. Are there ways (other than via scheduling) that applicants can delay their progress? c. When does ICANN plan on announcing the date and location for the Draw? Since is the Draw is being held in the United States, many draw participants will require visas and this is a time consuming process. I suggest you make this determination as soon as possible with as much lead time as possible so applicants can make the necessary preparations.