TLD Application Review
(23 October 2000)
On Monday, 2 October 2000 the application
period for those seeking to sponsor or operate new TLDs ended.
A total of 47
applications were received during the application period.
Forty-four of these applications are still active.
Tasks That Have Been Completed
ICANN has completed the following steps
in its review of applications:
- Acknowledging receipt of applications.
- Reviewing the applications to ensure they
include all the required parts. All applications being considered
now have all the required major parts, although some still appear
to be missing exhibits, postable HTML versions, etc.
- Verifying payment of the application fee.
Two of the 47 applications submitted were not accompanied by
the US $50,000 application fee. These two applications (.number/.tel/.phone
and .wap) have been returned.
- Reviewing confidentiality requests and
contacting applicants to notify them of the disposition of the
request. One of the 47 applications (.nyc) was withdrawn because
the applicant and ICANN did not agree on treatment of confidentiality
claims. All other confidentiality claims have been resolved by
agreement. In general, ICANN agreed to treat only a very limited
portion of application materials as confidential.
Tasks Currently Underway
ICANN is currently involved in the following
aspects of the review:
- Where an application seeks alternative
or multiple TLD strings, verifying
that it is a single application (i.e. that all parts of the
application apply, without significant variation, to all of the
strings). Applicants submitting materials that constitute more
than one application will be notified in the near future.
- Completing posting of non-confidential
portions of applications
on the ICANN web site.
We have now posted nearly all of
the applications materials, and expect to complete the process
in the next few days. Confidentiality claims on a few applications
have just been resolved. This has resulted in the applicants
withdrawing portions of their applications that they consider
confidential but that ICANN has not agreed to treat confidentially.
We are working with these applicants to obtain electronic versions
of the non-confidential portions of their applications for posting.
For several other applications, the electronic versions of some
subsidiary files were either not provided or were provided in
unusable form. We are correcting these problems as they are identified.
- Technical, business/financial, and legal
review of applications.
- The web-based
public comment forum is currently collecting public comments
on the applications. In ten days of operation, over 2000 comments
have been submitted.
Adjustments and Elaborations to the
Based on progress of the process so far,
here are a few adjustments and elaboration to the schedule:
- Extension of First
Public Comment Period. We originally scheduled the web-based public comment
forum on the application materials to go out of operation on
27 October. Because of the substantial interest in the public
comment forum, and the unanticipated delays in completing the
posting of all application materials, the forum will continue
to be open for comments until 4:00 pm California time (midnight
UTC) on Sunday, 5 November 2000.
- Consultation Mechanism.
In the schedule, we set aside 18-21 October for possible in-person
or videoconferenced interviews with applicants and other persons
in connection with applications. We have found that the applications
that have been submitted do a generally good job of explaining
the nature of the proposals, and therefore have concluded that
real-time interviews are not warranted at this time. We intend
to gather the additional information we require by posing specific
questions to applicants in e-mail and requesting a written response.
The questions and responses will be posted on the web site, except
for communications of a strictly clerical nature. We believe
this mechanism offers an even greater degree of transparency
than the interview mechanism that was originally scheduled.
- Staff Report.
The results of the staff review of the applications will be posted
on approximately 8 November 2000. We expect these results to
be presented in a detailed report, including an explanation of
the goals of the analysis, a detailed statement of how the analysis
was performed, identification of those who participated in the
review process, summaries of findings as to each application,
compilations of comparative data on the applications, observations
regarding how the posted criteria for evaluation apply, and other
relevant results of the analysis.
- Second Public Comment
Period. A second web-based public comment forum will be
established at the time the Staff Report is issued to allow the
public to comment on the report. The second forum will also permit
persons wishing to make their own comments on the applications
to do so.
Legal Claims Concerning TLDs
Recently ICANN has received correspondence
from various parties asserting that establishment of particular
TLDs would infringe their claimed intellectual property rights.
To promote the openness and transparency of the selection process,
this correspondence and ICANN's responses have been posted
for consideration of the community.
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functionality of this site
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