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Regarding the NET procurement

  • To: <net-rfp-general@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Regarding the NET procurement
  • From: "Tindal, Richard" <richard.tindal@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 12:39:11 -0500

It has recently come to our attention that one of the applicants to be the 
successor .net registry operator, Afilias, has submitted a comment to the open 
.net forum which attempts to revise their official proposal (See 
http://forum.icann.org/lists/net-rfp-afilias/msg00002.html) ("Comment").  The 
deadline for submitting proposals was January 18, 2005. This new document comes 
several weeks too late.  More specifically, on February 2, 2005 Afilias' 
General Counsel, submitted a comment to its own proposal that includes a link 
to a revised proposal.  This revised proposal corrects typos, introduces new 
formatting to charts, and also makes other substantive changes.  As just one 
example, in Afilias' official submission, Afilias stated that it would have one 
8 hour extended planned outage per year.  However, via the document referenced 
in its Comment, Afilias posted a new proposal for "0" hours of extended planned 

Because ICANN's procurement process specifically did not allow for any 
revisions of proposals after the deadline other bidders have appropriately 
refrained from doing so. This requirement is particularly important given that 
bids became public on January 21, giving bidders the opportunity to review 
their competitors' proposals.   We trust that ICANN will take appropriate 
action, in order to preserve the integrity of the procurement process, and 
instruct the independent evaluators to disregard any attempted changes to 


Richard Tindal
Sentan Registry Services 

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