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[gtld-council] Outcome of discussion on allocation approach on Wed 30 Aug in Amsterdam

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  • Subject: [gtld-council] Outcome of discussion on allocation approach on Wed 30 Aug in Amsterdam
  • From: "Bruce Tonkin" <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 21:18:12 +1000


Assume initially use rounds, and then apply as you go.   

(1)     Start date after issuing of RFP - e.g 4 months after the Board
approve policy.   ICANN must adequately promote the round.

(2)     Date-stamp applications as they are received, and form a queue.

(3)     Close date - e.g 1 months after the start date.   Strings being
applied for are not published until after the close date.   

(4)     Identify string conflicts  e.g .sport and .sprt

(5)     Resolve string conflicts

a.      Ensure each conflicting application is compliant, with some
flexibility to correct trivial issues in an application.

b.      Have a bounded timeframe for a mediation process to identify a
solution amongst the applicants.   A possible solution is for the
applicants to choose different TLD strings to avoid the conflict.

c.      ICANN uses the additional criteria of the level of support of
the community of potential registrants within that TLD to resolve
contention.   Both applicants would have a timeframe (e.g 90 days) to
supply this additional material for evaluation.   Need to clearly define
what evidence is acceptable, and it must be measurable and verifiable.

d.      If not clear winner in c, then Board approval based on ICANN
mission and core values, including operational stability, reliability,
security, global interoperability of the Internet, introducing and
promoting competition in the registration of domain names where
practicable and beneficial in the public interest, functional,
geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet.    Those not
selected will need to wait until the next round to submit an

(6)     Process applications in order of receipt - first-come,
first-served approach with the ability to work on multiple applications
in parallel.

An operator that is granted a TLD string has an obligation to use it
within an appropriate time-frame.

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