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Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] charter language

  • To: "Elaine Pruis" <elaine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <soac-newgtldapsup-wg@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] charter language
  • From: "Anthony Harris" <harris@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 12:14:53 -0300


You may note that in the 2008 document you are
mentioning, it is stated that in the previous
round of applications, the cost per application
turned out to be 180k. (page 3).

It would be important to know how much of this
calculated cost is related to the intense legal
engagement that resulted from the rejection
of the '.XXX' sponsored TLD application.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elaine Pruis 
  To: soac-newgtldapsup-wg@xxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 6:12 PM
  Subject: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] charter language


  Apologies for missing the call this morning.

  I do have a comment on the charter, specifically Objective 2: To identify how 
the application fee can be reduced to accommodate applicants that fulfill 
appropriate criteria to qualify for this benefit.
  The term "reduced" indicates that the applicant would not have to pay their 
fair share of the cost of the program.   

>> http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/cost-considerations-23oct08-en.pdf 
strongly rejects the concept of "reduced fees" for this round"... financial 
requirements and fees might discourage applications from developing nations, or 
indigenous and minority peoples, who may have different sets of financial 
opportunities or capabilities relative to more highly developed regions of the 
world. The ICANN Organization takes these concerns seriously, and can in the 
future explore possibilities for future means of financial assistance for or 
fee reductions to qualified applicants for new gTLDs in a consistent, fair, 
verifiable, and transparent manner. However, this goal must be balanced with 
the principle of conservatism that first-round fees must fully fund the 
first-round application costs. " and
"No practical method of ICANN financial assistance or fee reductions was 
identified for the first round of new gTLD applications, though an appropriate 
mechanism might be defined for subsequent rounds. If staff is able to identify 
sources for potential grants, financial assistance or match-making 
opportunities for applicants from qualified developing nations, and indigenous 
and minority peoples in need, the results will be made publicly available. "

  I'm concerned that since the board has mandated the fee as "cost recovery", 
stating "how the application fee can be reduced" could prevent adoption of the 
charter.  What about the term "how the application fee could be subsidized"?  
"Subsidized" recognizes that the program is cost recovery.  The fee is 
"reduced" for the applicant, but the money paid to ICANN is the same.


  On May 10, 2010, at 8:08 AM, Olof Nordling wrote:

    Dear all,
    Action points from today’s call:

    1.       Any remaining statements of interest should be sent to Glen.

    2.       The revised version of WG charter is attached as agreed during the 
call. There are just two edits compared to the previously sent version 
(“policy” deleted in the preamble and change to “snapshot” for the 15 June 
deliverable in the timeline). Any comments regarding the charter should be sent 
to the list within 24 hours, i.e. before 15H00 UTC Tuesday 11 May.

    3.       It was concluded that the two work teams (WT1 – review of 
application fee structure, and WT2 – “Who and What”) need multiple 
coordinators/leaders to animate the substance discussions and give short 
updates at WG calls.  For WT1 – Tony Harris (assumed) and Rafik Dammak 
(volunteer).  For WT2 – Andrew Mack and Carlos Aguirre (volunteers).   Further 
volunteers are sought for those roles.

    4.       Work teams could usefully consider priorities regarding what 
should be achieved in the short, medium and long term.

    5.       Team headings and some documents/links have been put in the wiki 
https://st.icann.org/so-ac-new-gtld-wg/index.cgi . A list of those who have 
already signed up to the WTs is found below and will be introduced in the Wiki. 
WT1 – Tony Harris, Rafik Dammak, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Richard Tindal, Elain Pruis, 
Andrew Mack. WT2 – Andrew Mack, Carlos Aguirre, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Elaine Pruis, 
Rafik Dammak. (Hope I got that right – please yell if not;-)  

    6.       The call time was seen as doable and will be kept, thus do count 
on weekly 60-minute calls on Mondays starting at 13H00 UTC.

    All the best

    <JAS WG draft charter v3.doc>

  Elaine Pruis
  VP Client Services
  +1 509 899 3161

  Elaine Pruis
  VP Client Services
  +1 509 899 3161

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