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Comments from AT&T regarding the extension of the proof of concept Round - sTLDs
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  • Subject: Comments from AT&T regarding the extension of the proof of concept Round - sTLDs
  • From: "Cade,Marilyn S - LGCRP" <mcade@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 16:57:49 -0400
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> Comments submitted on behalf of AT&T Corporation - August 25, 2003
> 
> In reviewing the RFP for establisment of new sTLDs, AT&T provides the following comments:
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> AT&T supports the small "extension of the proof of concept round" of sTLDS as described in the RFP; we  note that our strong recommendation is to keep the selection of  sTLDs to a very few.   [It is understood that the President is currently working on the plan to examine the development of  appropriate long term policy for ICANN regarding the introduction of new TLDs; this is a separate issue and AT&T will provide comments on that process, at the appropriate time.]
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> It is imperative that the Evalustion of new gTLDs be completed and incorporated in the more long term policy which will determine how , whether and when to introduce further new gTLDs. Those sTLDS which are approved in the extension to the proof  of concept round MUST be included in this evaulation process. This must be a condition agreed to by any sTLD awardee in this RFP process. .
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> AT&T believes that it is critical to keep to the 18 week timeline described in the RFP.  This may of necessity limit the consideration of applicants to those who can easily and affirmatively document, at the time of application, that they meet essential criteria, including broad and documented support from the community who would register within that space.  The documentation of support must also demonstrate that there is not strong concern or resistance by major segments of the affected registrant community.  If there is strong concern or even disagreement about a proposed sTLD from a broad set of affected domain name registrants, there must be careful examination of the breadth and depth of support.  
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> In addition, AT&T notes its full support for the Business Constiutency comments.
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> Marilyn Cade, AT&T 
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