RE: [gnso-vi-feb10] VI DT - FYI
- To: Berry Cobb <berrycobb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx" <Gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [gnso-vi-feb10] VI DT - FYI
- From: Milton L Mueller <mueller@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:50:59 -0500
Yes, isn't this interesting? Are we laboring here to come up with consensus
charter and (eventually) consensus policy only to learn that staff and board
have pre-empted us? Perhaps Margie could comment?
From: owner-gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Berry Cobb
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 1:44 AM
Subject: [gnso-vi-feb10] VI DT - FYI
Perhaps I am the only one who missed this. Did anyone catch this at the end of
the new gTLD documents release announcement by ICANN on the 15th?
Refer to the bottom of the page..... Does anyone know what this new model is?
Vertical Integration (aka Registry/Registrar Separation)
Based on debates on the subject held at the ICANN meetings in Seoul, discussion
during the consultation with certain community representatives held on 7
January 2010 in Washington D.C., and ongoing study, ICANN will propose for
community comment a new registry-registrar separation model for inclusion in
the next draft of the gTLD agreement. Additionally, theBoard and community
members will be discussing the issue in Nairobi.
I would also like to repost this aspect from the 4 Feb 2010 Board minutes, as
there were comments on our last call question whether "other" documents existed
specific to VI.
* New gTLDs: Vertical Integration
Prior to any discussion on this matter, the Chair identified Board members and
liaisons with conflicts of interest on this issue. The non-conflicted Board
members approved a motion to request that two directors, and four liaisons
withdraw from participation in the discussion due to their conflicts of
interest. After confirmation of removal, the Board proceeded with discussion on
The Board received an update from staff, including a draft of an economic model
from economists contracted by ICANN relating to the on the ongoing community
work, study and review of the registry/registrar separation requirement and the
ongoing expert economist work on the issue. Staff presented a draft economic
model to the board and recommended that it be posted for public comment. The
Board discussed some of the economic theories and assumptions behind the
economist's work, and there was a discussion of additional work that might need
to be done on this matter, as well as a sense of the Board that the model
should not be published yet, pending further review and consideration. The CEO
and Chairman agreed to convene on a review of the model and what additional
steps could be taken. Staff advised the Board that a delay of Board
consideration of this issue might delay the timeline of the new gTLD program.
Following on from various board member comments, the CEO requested that any
assumptions or market theories (or comments on the assumptions and market
theories), that had not been considered or were within the draft model, should
be provided to the CEO and Chair to enable additional work on the model.
After the close of discussion, all Board members and liaisons were invited back
into the meeting.
Berry A. Cobb
Infinity Portals LLC