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  • To: <eoi-new-gtlds@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: .gmbh Comments to EOI
  • From: "Dirk Krischenowski | dotBERLIN" <krischenowski@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:32:28 +0100

To 1.: Only applicants should be allowed to the EOI that seriously intend or
have clients that seriously intend to file a new gTLD application under the
EOI proposal. 

To 2.: Yes! There must be a significant incentive to make the application
intention a serious one. Only this will help ICANN to get valid data on the
number and quality of new gTLD proposals.

To 3.: Yes! There must be a significant investment by the applicant to
confirm that the application intention is serious. The US$ 55,000 proposal
(= refundable fee proposal in DAG3 if you skip your application after
publication of all applications) is good.

To 4.: The fee should be offset with the rest of the US$ 185,000 application
fee, so that only US$ 130,000 has to be paid when the application is
proceeded later on. If the applicant does not file an application later on,
the fee should not be refunded at all. If ICANN does not open the
application window within 12 months of EOI filing the fee should be fully
refunded immediately to the applicant who would be seriously hurt by this
delay anyway.

To 5.1: Applicants organization / Applicants contact data / String(s) to
apply for (including IDN?) / Expected number of domains per string(s)
applied for / Special registry services planned for the string(s) applied

To 5.2.: Yes! In any case the combination of applicant?s organization and
string(s) is required to make settlements between applicants possible.

To 5.3: Yes, in any case!

To 6.: Yes!

To 7.: The potential changes can range individually between ?none? in most
cases to ?full stop? for some applicants. Therefore we think it is desirable
that at the time of filing the EOI there is a version of the DAG which
contains agreed upon sections that should not be changed after the EOI. 

To 8.: We think that the benefits of the EOI to ICANN, the applicants and
the Internet Community will outweigh the risks (which risks anyway?) by far.
The EOI will help to take the wind out of opponents sails, especially when
it becomes clear that brand owners that strongly opposed the new gTLD
process are among the applicants.

Dirk Krischenowski

Top-Level-Domain .gmbh
Akazienstraße 2
10823 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 49782354
Fax: +49 30 49782356
Mobile: +49 173 2339156

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