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C14. For each entity identified in item C13, please state the scope and terms of the contract under which the facilities or services will be provided and attach documentary evidence that the entity has committed to enter into that contract.
The DotOrg Foundation has committed to enter into an agreement with the Registry Advantage division of Register.com for the provision of the Registry Function and related services for the duration of the Foundation’s .org agreement with ICANN. Specifically, the Foundation and Register.com have signed a letter agreement (“Letter”) confirming that the two organizations will execute a Services Agreement immediately following execution of an agreement between the ICANN and the DotOrg Foundation (the “ICANN Registry Agreement”).
The Letter further states, notwithstanding this commitment, that in the event the technical service level requirements set forth in the ICANN Registry Agreement are inconsistent with the technical service levels set forth in Exhibit C of the Services Agreement, Registry Advantage (Register.com) shall agree to all terms necessary to make Exhibit C of the Services Agreement consistent with the ICANN-mandated technical service level requirements; provided, that such terms shall be subject to any additional terms requested by Registry Advantage as agreed upon by the parties. A copy of the Foundation’s Letter and Services Agreement are included as Attachment F1.
Section 1.16 Services
These services include the propagation of and the provision of authorized access to the TLD zone files, propagation of the TLD zone files into the DNS, and display of the WHOIS record for any domain name in the TLD. Registry Advantage will also be responsible for providing registrars with access to the registry system, enabling such registrars to transmit domain name registration information for the .org TLD to the registry system according to the RRP and EPP protocols as described in our responses to Questions C17.2 and C22. The RRP and EPP protocols can be found in Attachments P1 and P2.
Additional Registry Function
In addition, the DotOrg Foundation contract with Registry Advantage will provide for services not covered by Section 1.16, but which are still core services in that they are required for the carrying out of the Registry Function. These services include transition of the .org TLD from VeriSign to the DotOrg Foundation, providing technical and other customer service support to .org registrars, and providing reporting of registry activities to Registry Advantage. The contract also provides for Registry Advantage to assume DotOrg Foundation’s billing of registrars.
Optional and Future Services
This contract will also include supplemental and future services designed to increase the attractiveness of the .org TLD to noncommercial registrants. It is envisioned that these services will be supported by Kintera, Inc., which has the relevant core competency and experience. As these services are not required for the transition and launch of core registry services, their detailed definition and offering will be based on continued discussion with and guidance from the DotOrg Foundation Board, Advisory Council and the noncommercial sector as well as input from ICANN.
These optional services include:
Under this contract, the DotOrg Foundation shall pay the Registry Advantage division a maximum price of US USD$5.25 per .org registration per year up to the initial two million registrations. To take advantage of economies of scale, the price will be reduced to USD$5.20 for two million, up to three million, and down to USD$5.15 at three million and beyond. Please refer to Attachment F1 for the proposed registry Services Agreement.
[ICANN's evaluation of your response to item C15 will be a major factor in the selection of a successor .org operator. We recommend that you give a detailed, specific response.]
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