Sponsoring Organization's Proposal
Organization's Proposal is to be submitted only as part of applications for
sponsored TLDs. It should not be included with applications for unsponsored
TLDs. It should be prepared and submitted by either the sponsoring organization
or, where the sponsoring organization has not yet been formed, by
organization(s) or person(s) proposing to form the sponsoring organization.
will involve a more complex contractual structure. Applicants are urged to
evaluate carefully whether to seek a sponsored or unsponsored TLD.
the legend "CONFIDENTIAL" on any part of the Sponsoring
Organization's Proposal that you have listed in item F3.1 of your Statement of
Requested Confidential Treatment of Materials Submitted.
Organization's Proposal should be separately bound and labeled:
"Sponsoring Organization's Proposal" and should cover Sections I, II,
and III below. This page, signed on behalf of the applicant(s), should be
included in the Sponsoring Organization's Proposal.]
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
Please submit a comprehensive description of the structure and nature of the
sponsoring organization and the manner in which that organization will conduct
its operations, including policy formulation activities. We strongly
recommend retaining professional legal assistance to aid in the formulation of
your Sponsoring Organization's Proposal and accompanying documents.
following documents should be attached to the description:
C - Articles
B - Corporation Bylaws
F - Biographies
and Resumes of Executives
Organization Information. Principal location, legal status of the organization,
laws under which it is organized, type of organization (for profit, non‑profit,
corporation, association, etc.).
- Internet Events International Inc.
- 10901 S. 1000 E.
- Sandy, UT 84094
for profit S-Corporation.
USA - Utah
Organization Structure. Size of organization, number of officers, directors and
advisors, roles/duties of directors and officers and other staff, supporting
and/or contributing organizations, affiliates, membership.
O - Company's Staff Model
Organization Purpose. Functions and mission of the organization, definition of
community to be served (if any), method of ensuring operation in the interest
of the stakeholders of the community to be served and the Internet at large.
D - Company's Business Plan
Appropriateness of Community. If the organization is intended to serve or
represent a particular community, define the community and explain why that
definition fits the TLD proposal.
IEI as the Sponsoring Organization
is designed to represent the event industry.
However, the event industry, as we will show later through the
introduction of sub-domains, is a group that encompasses nearly everyone on the
planet. Everyone has events that can be
put online. We intend to serve everyone
with equal consideration.
.family. event, .sport. event, .sale. event, .show. event are some examples
of how broad a community .event is.
Because .event is such a broad category and because the
sub-domains make it so easy to narrow the focus, our sponsoring organization is
designed to guide the world Internet community into a new mind-set.
Instead of having to search every .com,
.net, etc. the user can go to family. event or sport. event and find a complete
multi-language listing of all .event registrations worldwide in the individual
categories. The search engine that we
will also have available will allow the user to narrow the search even
further. As our Mission Statement says,
“We make the Internet easy and accessible to the world through the use of
multi-language protocol and easy search engines based on a system of
sub-domains to accurately define content of the domain.”
Representation. Manner in which the organization will represent and take input
from community to be served, the categories of stakeholder to be included in
The Policy Group of the Sponsoring
Organization will be responsible for receiving and processing as well as
replying to input from domain holders, registrars, users and the public at
large. In addition to unsolicited input,
we will regularly place ads in different print media, including event and expo
If our policy board
feels that the input they are receiving seems to be missing representation of a
certain group of our target market, such as international users or sub-domain
holders, they will actively seek input from these groups through advertising
and other forms of communication directed at these markets.
It is our intent to meet regularly with
ICANN and/or other registries to share successes and struggles and to discuss
the marketplace at large. As trends of the Internet continue to change and
flow, we have left our policies open to changes as needed.
Openness and Transparency. Measures taken to promote openness and transparency,
access to information, web site use, public posting of information, meeting
minutes, notice and comment provisions.
Openness and transparency policies
will be handled by the policy group. We
will have a dedicated staff member to post information,
policy change, meeting
minutes, public notices and also respond to and monitor bulletin boards on
policy. event. All TLD policies will be
posted at policy. event with links from register. event, search. event, etc.
We will practice an “open-door” policy among
our employees and also through the bulletin board system from the public. All comments and suggestions are welcome and
will be responded to in a timely manner.
Major policy changes will also be announced via newswire services and
other means as appropriate and as approved by the Policy Group. We will also inform ICANN of any and all
changes in advance of their effective date.
Initial Directors and Staff. The identity and qualifications of the initial
directors and staff.
Need qualifications for each of the above individuals.
- Appendix D - Business Plan,
Section “Organization, Team Members”
Appendix F - Biographies and Resumes
Selection of Directors, Officers, Members, Staff, etc. Eligibility, method of
selection, term of service, compensation, liability, conflicts of interest,
resignation, removal, vacancies.
One of our general hiring policies
is to hire from within whenever possible.
Our hiring model is as follows:
General staff will be screened by HR and
hired as needed. Supervisory positions will also be screened
by HR and then interviewed by a panel of “peers,” meaning employees at the same
level of authority. Positions at the
“Manager” level and above will be hired in similar fashion, but will also be
presented to the Management Board for approval.
employee contracts will be “at-will,” meaning
no notice is required for termination of service by the employee or by the company. Management level contracts will generally be
for two years, unless otherwise negotiated and stated in writing in the
contract. Compensation will be
competitive for the market and field of the position. Salaries and other compensation will be set in the Human
Resources manual with a base pay rate for each job title and standard policies
for level of proficiency pay raises.
Bonuses and shares will be awarded for performance and service and will
be voted on and determined by the Management Board. Annual raises will be a percentage above base salary at a rate
determined by and voted on by the Management Board. Any general staff member may be dismissed “at-will” based on
company needs. Management level
employees will be given 2 weeks severance or notice based on security policies.
Dismissal may be for poor performance and/or
attendance, failure to work with team members, theft or other criminal
activity-including failing random drug tests at work, inability to perform the
required job functions, violating the open-door policy, or other reason as
determined by supervisor and approved on a case-by-case basis by Human
Resources and/or the Management Board.
All dismissals may be appealed in writing within 2 weeks of initial
written notification of dismissal.
Appeals will be handled by Human Resources managers and may also be
brought to the Management Board by HR or Supervisor. No employee will be fired on the basis of religion, political
beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, injury, race or disability (provided the
disability does not prevent the employee from performing the requisite tasks
and was disclosed at time of hire). We
support and practice fair hiring procedures and the Americans with Disabilities
Act and our policies can be updated or amended at any time by proposal to the
No employee shall be
liable jointly or individually for any loss, judgement, injury, etc. unless
proven to be criminally involved as stated in the by-laws of the company.
Policy Making Procedure. Provide a detailed description of the process
for formulating policies for the TLD, including a detailed description of the
requirements for adoption of different types of policy.
All policy must be in agreement with
our stated mission statement. As
described above, we follow an “open-door” policy for all aspects of company
operations. Initial policies of the
company were written and agreed upon by the shareholders and approved by the
Board of Directors. Any policy changes
in the future will be reviewed by the Policy Board at its weekly meeting.
Ideas for policy change may come from any
source as per our “open-door” policy.
Ideas from shareholders, employees, domain name holders, ICANN,
registrars, etc. will all be accepted and given fair treatment by the Policy
Board. Any idea presented to the Policy
Board from any source that is voted on and becomes new policy will result in
some form of compensation to the person or persons that initially submitted the
Those ideas that the Policy Board
deems merit further consideration will be presented at the general Board of
Directors meeting for discussion and vote.
Decisions made by the Board of Directors on policy change will be
presented to the shareholders for vote.
If the shareholders agree to the change, it will be given back to the
Policy Board for implementation. If the
shareholders disagree with the policy change, they may veto the decision of the
In the event of a veto on a
policy change, a full Quorum of the Policy Board, the Board of Directors, and
the Shareholders will convene in a joint meeting for discussion of the matter
and to present the issue again with any changes requested to be put to a common
vote in which a simple majority will pass the proposal. When any policy is changed, Corporate Policy
manuals will be updated and the Policy Board will assign a team to implement
the new policy including, but not limited to, purchasing equipment, providing
training or assigning the training team to conduct training, and releasing this
information to the public, ICANN, our employees and any other interested
Meetings and Communication. Frequency of meetings, location of meetings,
provisions for telephone meetings, other methods of communication, generation
of minutes for meetings.
Shareholders will meet annually on
the fifteenth day of March at 10 a.m. at the principle office of the
corporation or at such other places as the Board may authorize for the purpose
of electing directors and transacting any such other business as may properly
come before the meeting. In the event
of March 15 falling on a holiday or weekend, the Board may choose to change the
date, but may not change it more than 7 days previous to or following the 15th
day of March.
Special meetings of the
shareholders may be called at any time by the Board, the President, or by the
holders of twenty-five percent (25%) of the shares then outstanding and
entitled to vote. The Board of
Directors shall hold an annual meeting immediately following the annual meeting
of the shareholders and shall be convened at the same location on the same date
as the shareholders adjourn.
shall also hold a semi-annual meeting six months after the adjournment of their
annual meeting. This meeting will be
held at the principle place of business or any other location that the Board
may deem appropriate. Matters of policy
change or other corporate business that require the vote of the Board of
Directors will be considered at the annual or semi-annual meetings unless the
Policy Board, the President, or one of the directors has reasonable cause to
convene a special meeting of the Board of Directors.
The Board from time to
time, may provide by resolution the holding of other meetings as it deems
necessary and may fix the time and place thereof. Officers of the company, department heads, etc. may have meetings
as frequently as deemed necessary for smooth operation of their departments
and/or the company at large but shall convene at least quarterly. Shareholders, Directors, Officers,
employees, etc. may participate in meetings through the use of a telephone or
the Internet if such can be arranged so that all members can hear all other
members. The use of a telephone or the
Internet for participation shall constitute presence in person.
The corporation shall keep current and
correct records of the accounts, minutes of the meetings and proceedings and
membership records of the corporation.
Such records shall be kept at the registered office or the principle
place of business of the corporation.
Any such records shall be in written form or in a form capable of being
converted into written form. The
Secretary of the corporation shall be charged to compile, keep and otherwise
maintain these records as provided for in the by-laws or other policies of the
Fiscal Information. Initial budget, expenses, existing capital, sources of
revenue, accounting, audit, annual report and annual statement.
The initial budget for the first
year is as follows:
Appendix B) $ 25,577,170
Existing Capital $ 6,000,000
Estimated Revenue (see
The Corporation shall send an annual
report to the Shareholders of the Corporation, ICANN, the members of the Board
of Directors, its Officers and whomever else the Board of Directors shall
stipulate not later than TWO (2) months after the close of each fiscal year of
the Corporation and a revenue and disbursement statement for the year ending on
such closing date. Such financial
statements shall be prepared from and in accordance with the books of the
Corporation, and in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles
applied on a consistent basis.
person who is a voting member of the Corporation shall have the right at any
reasonable time, and on written demand stating the purpose thereof, to examine
and make copies from the relevant books and records of accounts, minutes, and
records of the Corporation. Upon the
written request of any voting member, the corporation shall mail to such member
a copy of the most recent balance sheet and revenue and disbursement statement.
Liability. Liability of the organization, directors, officers, and staff.
Any officer, director, shareholder,
or employee of the Corporation shall be indemnified to the full extent allowed
by the laws of the State of Utah.
Amendment of Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. Procedures for making
amendments to the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other organizational
The Articles of Incorporation may be
amended by the shareholders as provided by Utah
statutes. These Bylaws may be altered,
amended or replaced by the Board of Directors, provided, however, that any
Bylaws or amendments thereto as adopted by the Board of Directors may
altered, amended or repealed by vote of the shareholders. Bylaws adopted by the members may not be
amended or repealed by the Board.
Reconsideration and Review. Any policy for allowing reconsideration and review
of organization policy or implementation decisions.
At the end of each quarter of the
fiscal year the Policy Board will solicit comment from the community at large
including, but not limited to, domain name holders, individuals, registrars,
ICANN and other interested parties regarding
policy or procedure. In compliance
with our “open-door” policy, comment and complaint will be accepted from all
sources. The Policy Board will initiate
review of policies or decisions if they deem it appropriate based on discussion
of response received, and they will follow the same procedure as for any policy
change as described above (paragraph C10).
PROPOSED EXTENT OF POLICY FORMULATION AUTHORITY
is intended to address the extent of the policy authority to be delegated, NOT
the specific policies proposed. Specific policies should be described in the
Description of Proposed TLD Policies part of the application.]
List and describe in detail the areas over which a delegation of policy formulation
authority is sought. For each area in which policy authority is sought, please
C16.1. Scope of authority sought;
Internet Events International, Inc. seeks
the authority to set and administer policy over the processes and
administration of registering and promoting the .event TLD as well as
the system of sub-domain names in the TLD registry. In addition, we seek the authority to internationally
promote the .event TLD as well
as the concept of sub-domains.
C16.2. Reasons/justifications for
We believe that the introduction of a broad
series of sub-domains will help bring order to the current and
future Internet. The .event system
search engines that we plan to introduce and promote should make finding sites
easier and more logical. Also, since
all of the search engines and registration sites will be multilingual, it
should help promote more global usage.
We are prepared to handle the increased
volume and promote stability by
building our hosting facilities with state of the art servers and
equipment. We are prepared to
financially promote this idea by dedicating a large budget and staff to the
education and familiarization of this concept around the
world through advertising and other public contact.
C16.3. Method of guaranteeing that your
organization will administer the policy in the interest of the Internet at
Because of the enormity of this project, we
feel that having open authority from ICANN to administer and choose the
programs we use will greatly facilitate our ability to achieve these ends in a
cost-effective manner. It is our
belief that the fewer levels of authority needed to discuss and approve an idea will
make it more viable in the fast changing world of the Internet.
As our policies are open to the ICANN committee
to review at any time, and we are planning to help fund ICANN’s review of our
performance as well as the general stability and policies of the Internet by
donating a portion of each registration to ICANN, we feel that allowing us the
freedom to administer these policies and programs will help ICANN evaluate the
value of different ideas and systems.
C16.4. Whether variation from existing
ICANN policies is intended at the opening of the new TLD.
While it is our intent to follow
current policies at the inception of the new
.event TLD, we would like the option and flexibility to make
changes as the market changes.
CONTRACT TERMS WITH REGISTRY OPERATOR
organizations are responsible for securing an initial registry operator for the
proposed TLD and ensuring that the registry operator completes the Registry Operator's
Proposal. Sponsoring organizations should also enter detailed
contracts for the provision of registry operation services. These contracts
should address all of the required functions as outlined in the Registry
Identification of Registry Operator. Please list the full legal name, principal
address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the registry
- Internet Events International Inc.
- Stephen W. McLain
- 10901 Sl 1000 E.
- Sandy, UT 84094
Contract with Registry Operator. Please attach one of the following:
a copy of your contract with the
selected registry operator for provision of registry services;
C18.2. proposed terms for a contract
(i.e. at least a detailed term sheet) with a registry operator for provision of
registry services, proof of commitment from the registry operator for provision
of services under those proposed terms, and a notation of the estimated date of
entry into the contract; or
C18.3.a statement that the sponsoring
organization will also serve as the registry operator for the proposed TLD. (In
this case, the sponsoring organization must prepare and submit the Registry
Operator's Proposal in addition to the Sponsoring Organization's Proposal.)
see Appendix Q