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dotKoeln comments to the EOI

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  • Subject: dotKoeln comments to the EOI
  • From: "Thomas Lenz" <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:48:11 +0100

As founder and CEO of dotKoeln, I strongly support the idea of an EOI
process as a significant step towards the long overdue introduction of new
gTLD´s. For us and all the other seriously interested parties time has come
to act and an EOI seems to be an adequate way to sort out some of the
remaining questions.


My comments to the EOI are:


Ad 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

Ad 2.: 

Yes! That will be a significant incentive for parties to express their
serious interest. Only this will help ICANN to get valid data on the number
and quality of new gTLD proposals. Apart from that it is also fair to limit
the first round to those who have expressed their interest publicly.

Ad 3.: 

A significant deposit by the potential applicant will underline that the
intention to file an application is serious. The US$ 55,000 proposal is
substantial enough and consistent with the refund scheme proposed in section
1.5.1 of the DAG3. 

Ad 4.: 

The fee must be offset with the US$ 185,000 application fee, so that only
US$ 130,000 have to be paid when the application is filed later on. If an
applicant does not file an application during the application period, the
fee should not be refunded at all. 

If ICANN does not open the application window within 12 months of EOI filing
the fee hast to be fully refunded immediately to the potential applicants
who would be seriously hurt by this delay anyway.

Ad 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 for

Ad 5.2.: 

Yes! In any case the combination of applicant?s organization and

string(s) is required to make settlements between applicants possible.


Ad 5.3: 

Yes, in any case! Only those who seriously intend to file an application for
and thereafter operate a new gTLD will be prepared to publish their

Ad 6.: 

That may depend on the individual model, but in general I say: Yes! 

Ad 7.: 

The information derived from the EOI process should enable ICANN to come up
with firmer commitments and limit the changes to the truly serious points.
Whatever the changes may be, for some applicants they may lead to a complete
stop of their application. We would therefore wish that at the time the EOI
starts a version of the DAG should be available that contains agreed-upon
sections that are not going to be changed at all after the EOI.


Ad 8.: 

Frankly, I do not see any risk in the EOI. 

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.

And the EOI will provid valuable information for the ICANN board and help us
all to see light at the end of a long tunnel. 






Thomas Lenz

CEO | dotKoeln Top-Level-Domain GmbH



Thomas Lenz



dotKöln Top-Level-Domain GmbH 

c/o a&o buero

Richmodstrasse 31

50667 Köln

Fon: +49-160-979 24 207

email: thomas@xxxxxxxxxxx

Geschäftsführer: Thomas Lenz

HRB 67288, AG Köln



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