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[soac-newgtldapsup-wg] WT 1 Fees-lower up front fee

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  • Subject: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] WT 1 Fees-lower up front fee
  • From: Elaine Pruis <elaine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 09:45:43 -0700

Continuing the thread from yesterday's call.

Richard suggested that applicants that meet specific criteria for assistance may benefit from not having to pay the entire fee up front.
The language from the cost analysis paper is

"– ICANN will collect the entire application
evaluation fee at the time an application is submitted. This approach avoids a situation in which the applicant partially completes the application process, then may not have
the resources to continue. It also ensures that all costs are covered.

If the applicant only gets part of the way through the process then the are not "costing" ICANN the full projected amount. Isn't it the applicant's responsibility to determine if they have enough funding to pay for the entire application? Allowing an applicant to pay as they go means the applicant can raise money along the way... Investors will be more likely to back an application that has made it through the first step. I think this is a viable avenue to pursue. Either the $55k non refundable fee, or the $125k that includes program development costs plus costs of the application process, minus the contingency fees.


Elaine Pruis
VP Client Services
+1 509 899 3161

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