Comments on Draft
thank you for the extension of the comment period. This is a clear indicator that ICANN is really interested in the opinion of the Internet community.
I have two types of questions or comments: 1. regarding the process, 2. regarding the content.
1.1 Online question period
On page 3, ICANN mentions a question period from "1 November through 15 November, 2004". It should probably have said 1 December through 15 December. Should be adjusted to the reality.
Will the final RFP be based on an on-line form as it was the case in the current sTLD round?
If yes, will there be a size limit per response (such as 10,000 chars per response)?
Will the response format be text-only ascii with carriage returns? Is it possible to include graphics or pictures?
2.1 Relative Criteria
Is there a ranking or a metric between the relativ criteria?
I understand that Part 2, section 3 (a) is confidential. This seems to be a protection of ideas in a competetive environment. As a result, Part 2, section 4 (b) should also be treated confidential because this reflects the monetary view of 3 (a).
In addition 4 (a) should also be treated confidential. As I believe this sensible information should not be completely published.
The current .net agreement with the incumbent Registry allows to charge a maximum of US $ 6.00 per year for the management of a domain (see Appendix G of the agreement). This implies that the domain is under the management of the complete period in the Registry. In case of a change from the old Registry to a new Registry on June 30th 2005, the proportional part of the "not used" payment should be refunded to the new Registry.
For example: A domain registerd on October 1st 2004 for one year, should result in a payment of USD 1,50 for the outstanding period until October 1st 2005.
A good idea would be, to put this money on a neutral escrow account. The money could be used to pay the USD 0.75 to ICANN for every domain year of the new Registry for .net (see page 11 of the RFP). This would happen until the escrow account is exhausted. This would be a smarter introduction of the payment of the USD 0.75 and would help to not penalize .net against other gTLDs which until now have not to pay this amount.
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