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[gnso-dt-wg] NeuStar and Afilias' Proposals posted for comment

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  • Subject: [gnso-dt-wg] NeuStar and Afilias' Proposals posted for comment
  • From: "Neuman, Jeff" <Jeff.Neuman@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:32:39 -0500



FYI:  http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-27feb08.htm


ICANN Opens Comment Period on Proposed Add Grace Period Modifications
for NeuStar and Afilias

27 February 2008

ICANN is today opening public comment periods on requests submitted by
NeuStar, the .BIZ registry, and Afilias, the .INFO registry, to modify
terms regarding the add grace period (AGP) in their respective registry

On 5 February 2008, NeuStar and Afilias submitted separate but similar
requests through the Registry Services Evaluation Process to modify the
AGP in their respective TLDs in order "to address the excessive delete
problem" (i.e. domain tasting) in .BIZ and .INFO. Currently there are no
limitations on the number of deletions that a registrar can process and
receive a refund during the five-day AGP. The proposed service would
limit the number of AGP deletions where a registrar could receive a full
registration fee credit each month: either 50 per month or 10% of that
registrar's net new monthly domain name registrations, whichever is
greater. A registrar would be permitted to delete as many names as it
wished during the five-day AGP, receiving credit throughout the month.
However, at the end of the .BIZ or .INFO normal monthly billing cycle
the Registrar's account would be debited for the full value of the
domain name registrations that exceeded the month's set threshold.

As provided for by existing consensus policy
(http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/rsep.html), ICANN has undertaken a
preliminary determination to determine whether the proposed
modifications might raise significant security or stability, or
competition issues. ICANN's determination is that the proposed
modifications by NeuStar and Afilias do not raise such issues. 

The next step in evaluation is that (because implementation of the
proposals would require changes to the .BIZ and .INFO Registry
Agreements) ICANN will post the proposed amendments, solicit public
comment and refer the proposals to the ICANN Board for consideration.

A copy of the proposed NeuStar amendment is available here
8.pdf>  [PDF, 25K], and a copy of the proposed Afilias amendment is
available here
b08.pdf>  [PDF, 25K]. Both amendments provide for changes to Appendix 7,
Section 3.1.1. Comments on the NeuStar amendment submitted to
neustar-agp-proposal@xxxxxxxxx will be considered until 23:59 UTC 28
March 2008 and may be viewed at
<http://forum.icann.org/lists/neustar-agp-proposal/>  Comments on the
Afilias amendment submitted to afilias-agp-proposal@xxxxxxxxx will be
considered until 23:59 UTC 28 March 2008 and may be viewed at
<http://forum.icann.org/lists/afilias-agp-proposal/>  Please keep in
mind that these are separate proposals with separate public comment

All documentation regarding the NeuStar proposal is available at
http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/submitted_app.html#2008001, while
documentation on the Afilias proposal is available at



Jeffrey J. Neuman, Esq. 
Sr. Director, Law, Advanced Services  & 

Business Development 

NeuStar, Inc. 
Loudoun Tech Center 
46000 Center Oak Plaza 
Sterling, VA 20166 
p: (571) 434-5772 
efax: (703) 738-7965
e-mail: Jeff.Neuman@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Jeff.Neuman@xxxxxxxxxx>  


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