[gnso-rn-wg] Interest Statement - C Greer
All, Please find below my interest statement for the Reserved Names Working Group. Kind regards, Caroline. *** Interest Statement - Caroline Greer *** I am Policy Director for mTLD Ltd, the Registry responsible for the .mobi TLD. I participate in the gTLD Registry Constituency. dotMobi is the first top level domain dedicated to delivering the internet to the mobile phone. mTLD is sponsored by a consortium of thirteen companies, two of which (Nokia and Telefónica) are members of ICANN's Business Constituency. dotMobi signed its contract with ICANN in July 2005 and began operations in May 2006. dotMobi is required to reserve certain names and these reserved names are identified in Appendix 6 of the .mobi Agreement. dotMobi also has 'Premium Names' listed in its Product List (Appendix S of the Agreement). These names are commonly used words and phrases that are allocated on an other than first-come-first-served basis and therefore must first be reserved by the Registry and held back from general allocation. dotMobi will allocate such names using auction and Request for Proposals ('RFP') processes, the latter of which centers on content suggestions from the market. The purpose of the RFP process in particular is to stimulate growth of the mobile internet market and help deliver new features and services to the mobile community. My personal interest in participating in the Reserved Names Working Group is to gain a better understanding of why certain categories of names are required to be reserved by ICANN. As a new TLD, we have received many related queries from Registrants. Any future decision by ICANN to lift such requirements could possibly result in the release of further names by dotMobi which would ultimately benefit the Registry. I look forward to working with everyone in the group.