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LAND TIROL comment - Prioritizing Geo TLDs and Community TLDs

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  • Subject: LAND TIROL comment - Prioritizing Geo TLDs and Community TLDs
  • From: "Greil Bernhard" <bernhard.greil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:12:40 +0100

On behalf of the Governor of Tirol (Federal State of Austria), Dr. Guenther 
Platter, supporting the application of Punkt Tirol GmbH for the nTLD .tirol, I 
forward this post to this list.


Christine Willett
Los Angeles, CA, USA
12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
LOS ANGELES, CA 90094-2536

Innsbruck, 8.11.2012

Dear Mrs. Willett!

This letter is a response from Land Tirol to ICANN's request for comments on 
the Use of a Drawing for Prioritizing New gTLD Applications. 

Prioritization of Applicants
Land Tirol appreciates ICANN's proposal to prioritize IDNs as they are believed 
to serve the global public interest. Land Tirol acknowledges the 17 October 
2012 GAC Communiqué that includes "Some [GAC-]members consider that geographic 
name gTLDs approved by the relevant government authority, community names and 
applications from developing countries should likewise be prioritized." Land 
Tirol concurs with the members of the GAC that suggested community and 
geographic names be prioritized.  

Community applications receive preferential status in the new gTLD program 
because of the commitments that have been made to serve the public interest of 
those respective communities. As self-identified community applicants, all were 
required to respond to Applicant Guidebook question 20 that necessitated they 
define their registration restrictions (i.e., eligibility, name selection, 
content/use, and enforcement), accountability mechanisms and to provide 
endorsement letters from their respective communities. The commitments these 
applicants made and the endorsements they received demonstrate and substantiate 
their role in serving the public interest. Additionally, these applicants will 
be contractually bound by ICANN to their commitments and be subject to enhanced 
compliance mechanisms such as the Registration Restrictions Dispute Resolution 
Procedure (RRDRP). 

Each of the GeoTLD applications has to have the support or non-objection of the 
respective government(s) or public authorities before approval by ICANN; some 
GeoTLDs have even been filed by public authorities themselves. This requirement 
for government support or non-objection is a core element of the GAC Principles 
Regarding New gTLDs issued in March, 2007. These public policy principles were 
introduced to safeguard the global public interest! 

Principle 2.2 says: "ICANN should avoid country, territory or place names, and 
country, territory or regional language or people descriptions, unless in 
agreement with relevant governments or public authorities.

In this way GeoTLDs complement the provisioning of ccTLDs, GeoTLDs are in the 
interest of the relevant national and global Internet community on a focused 
local basis. 

Land Tirol believes that ICANN should prioritize community and geographic 
applications as it would be consistent with the preferential position they are 
afforded in the new gTLD program. 

Sincerely yours,


Günther Platter


Bernhard Greil
Punkt Tirol GmbH
Ing. Etzel Straße 30
6020 Innsbruck

Bernhard Greil
Bereichsleiter Marketing & Online

Moser Holding Aktiengesellschaft
Ing.-Etzel-Straße 30
6020 Innsbruck
+43(512)5354 3509
+43(512)5354 993509
Web. http://www.moserholding.com
FN 37129b, Landesgericht Innsbruck

Attachment: Letter Platter to Willet 08112012.pdf
Description: Letter Platter to Willet 08112012.pdf

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