One Community, one Internet, one Operator
The DAG v3 definition of 'community' is "an awareness and recognition of a community among its members". Members of one community would naturally expect to have one TLD operator manage their common space on the Internet. Allowing community-based gTLD operators to offer registrants their chosen domain names in the languages and/or scripts they choose is the critical component of a global, multi-lingual Internet. In this way, ICANN will clearly demonstrate that it has followed the first guiding principle of the new gTLD policy development process, to whit: new gTLDs will benefit registrant choice and competition. As is being discussed within the community, the criteria for applying simultaneously for multiple translations of the same string could be (1) that the application meets all community-based criteria; and (2) that the proposed string translation can be found in any dictionary in any language. A single application fee coupled with an optional, additional fee per translation is a fair and equitable approach. The current notion of USD 185,000 per translation is unjustified and a significant impediment to achieving ICANN's stated goal of a multi-lingual Internet. Respectfully, Ron Andruff RNA Partners, Inc. Disclosure: RNA Partners intends to be an applicant for a new gTLD.