GoDaddy.com's comments on Expressions of Interest in new gTLDs
I participated on the Expression Of Interest (EOI) working group, and in general support the consensus reached by the WG as posted by Antony Van Couvering on 17 Nov 2009. I would like to offer GoDaddy.com's comment on certain areas of concern where the WG did not reach consensus, and resubmit an alternative proposal. We do not see the EOI as being helpful in solving the overarching issues. If the EOI is done prior to resolving the remaining overarching issues it cannot preclude entities from applying later if they don't respond to the EOI. In that case, we suspect many if not most potential applicants will not respond to the EOI. As a result, the EOI would not provide the needed information to be helpful to the remaining overarching issues. That said, we do support an EOI period. In fact, we proposed an almost identical process back in Dec 2008 but for a different reason (see pages 7 & 8) of: http://forum.icann.org/lists/crai-report/msg00034.html We believe an EOI period (or Letter of Intent period as we called it) would provide a better managed and more orderly process for new gTLDs for the reasons stated in our Dec 2008 proposal. We resubmit that proposal as attached. Tim Ruiz Vice President Corp. Development & Policy GoDaddy.com, Inc.