NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 WILSON BOULEVARD
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230
September 13, 1995
Mr. Dave M. Graves
Network Solutions, Inc.
505 Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 22070
Cooperative Agreement No. NCR-9218742
Amendment No. 04
Proposal No. NCR-9544193
Dear Mr. Graves:
The purpose of this amendment is to modify the agreement to allow for
the collection of user fees for registration services and establish the
provisions for the use, disbursement and accountability of Program Income
generated by such fees.
The Foundation and the Awardee hereby agree that the imposition of user
fees for registration services will be carried out in accordance with
the following general guidelines:
1. NSI will provide Registration and information Services as outlined
in your approved Year 3 Program Plan.
2. Effective 12:00 A.M. EDST, September 14, 1995, Awardee is authorized
to impose an annual fee of $50/year per 2nd level domain name in .gov,
.edu, .com, .net, and .org to pay for the services provided. NSF will
pay the annual fee for domain name holders in .edu and .gov on a temporary
basis. (The specifics of the imposition include an initial charge of
$100 for two years for new registrants and $50/year payable on the anniversary
date of the original registration for every year thereafter. Existing
domain name holders will be charged the $50/year on their anniversary
3. The funds collected by reason of the fee imposition will be treated
as "Program Income" under the terms of the agreement. Of those
a. 70% will be available to Awardee as consideration for the services
b. the remaining 30% will be placed into an interest-bearing account
which will be used for the preservation and enhancement of the "Intellectual
Infrastructure" of the Internet in general conformance with approved
Program Plans. Awardee will develop and implement mechanisms to insure
the involvement of the Internet communities in determining and overseeing
disbursements from this account. Awardee will also establish and maintain
publically available records of all deposits to and disbursements
from the account.
4. Any changes in the fee structure or amount will require approval
(as set forth in Article 3.G of the agreement).
5. Awardee will continue to submit a Program Plan for approval by NSF
in advance of each Program Year, to submit monthly, quarterly, and annual
reports and attend/host quarterly InterNIC reviews as requested by the
NSF Program Official.
The specific details of the implementation of user fees will be as set
forth in Awardees letter of September 13, 1995 (including all attachments)
which is incorporated herein by reference.
The Agreement, as amended, is hereby further amended as follows:
1. In Article 2.A.1, effective with this amendment, the reference to
"General Atomics under Cooperative Agreement NCR-9218179"
is hereby deleted, (reflecting the recent termination of that agreement).
2. To Article 4, the following section D is added:
"D. Beginning in November 1995, the Awardee shall make available
on rs.internic.net performance measures for registration services
and turnaround times, as well as Awardee's performance against those
measures and turnaround times for public review and comment."
3. To Article 5, the following section C is added:
"C. The report generated by the performance review required
by paragraph B. above will be available at ds.internic.net for public
4. In Article 8:
a. In section C. delete the date "September 30, 1995" and
substitute in lieu thereof the date "September 13, 1995",
b. Add the following section G:
Article 8. Funding contained in the original cooperative agreement,
and as amended by Amendments No. 1, 2 and 3 and above shall apply
for the period January 1, 1993 through September 13, 1995).
Effective September 14, 1995, the following shall apply:
In consideration of all work performed under this agreement after
September 13, 1995, Awardee shall impose a user fee of $50/year
per second level domain name in .gov, .edu, .com, .net, and .org
to pay for the services provided as detailed in Awardees proposal
of September 13, 1995. (The specifics of the imposition include
an initial charge of $100 for two years for new registrants and
$50/year payable on the anniversary date of the original registration
for every year thereafter. Existing domain name holders will be
charged the $50/year on their anniversary date.) Implementation
of the user fee imposition shall be in general accordance with Awardees
proposal of September 13, 1995.
NSF shall pay the fees for the second level domain name registrations
in the .edu domain for the period of this agreement, and shall on
an interim basis support the fees for second level domain name registrations
in the .gov domain. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Awardee will
defer invoicing of fees for registrations in the .edu and .gov domains
until a further amendment is added explicating the provisions for
the invoicing and payment of these fees.
The funds collected by reason of the user fee imposition will be
considered "Program Income" under the terms of the agreement.
Of these funds:
a. 70 % will be available to NSI as consideration for the services
b. the remaining 30% will be placed into an interest-bearing
account which will be used for the preservation and enhancement
of the "Intellectual Infrastructure" of the Internet.
Awardee will develop and implement mechanisms to insure the involvement
of the Internet communities in determining and overseeing disbursements
from this account. Awardee will also establish and maintain publically
available records of all deposits to and disbursements from the
5. Effective October 1, 1995, Article 9, Annual Report, Program Plan
and Budget, (effective for the period January 1, 1993 through September
30, 1995) is hereby superseded and replaced by the following Article
9. Annual Report, Program Plan and Budget:
ARTICLE 9. Annual Report, Program Plan and Budget
By January 31 each year, Awardee shall submit both electronically
and in 10 hard copies an Annual Report, Program Plan and Budget to
the Foundation for approval. These documents shall be submitted in
a format and level of detail approved by the Foundation but shall,
as a minimum, contain project goals and objectives specified with
sufficient technical criteria, milestones, and objectives to measure
the progress of the effort toward attainment of objectives during
the time period for which it is being submitted. The Program Plan
will be the basis for performance goals, areas of emphasis and any
adjustments in the user fee charged for registration services (or
the distribution of revenues from those fees in the succeeding 12
month period). Each submission should contain narrative information
indicating (for the past years' activities) by functional area and
overall: any goals accomplished, exceeded or missed and explaining
any significant deviations from the previous year's plan; any educational
achievements; patents, copyrights or other innovations resulting from
the activities. Each annual submission shall also contain information
on projected revenues and expenditures for the upcoming year and actual
projected revenues and expenditures for the reporting period.
The Awardee will receive a formal approval of the Program Plan from
6. Effective September 14, 1995, Article 15. Project Income from Registration
Fees is superseded and replaced in its entirety by the following:
Article 15. Revenues from Registration Fees
All income generated by the imposition of user fees charged for registration
services shall be considered "Project Income" within the
agreement. Distribution and use of these funds shall be made in accordance
with the provisions of Article 8. (as amended above) and Awardee's
proposal of September 13, 1995.
Please indicate your acceptance of this amendment by having it signed
by an authorized official of your organization and returning one copy
to me as soon as possible.
Karen L. Sandberg
Grants and Agreements Officer
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