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Welcome to the New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 Public Comment Forum

Open: May 31, 2010

Closed: July 21, 2010

To submit a comment, send a message to the email address that corresponds to the issue on which you would like to comment as indicated in the table below. Once we have received your message, we will send you an email containing a confirmation link. You must click on the confirmation link in that message in order to complete the submission of your comment.


How to participate?

This public comment page exists to collect your input on the Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 and the related supporting documentation.

The Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 is available here in its entirety as well as in the six individual modules. You can either comment on the overall guidebook or comment per module, by area of interest. Also, with each module's discussion area, you will find a list of documents that serve as explanatory memoranda or reports specific to that particular topic. This series of supporting documents are designed to supplement understanding of the implementation work for the program. A red-lined, annotated version of the documents is provided to facilitate understanding of the changes that were made in progressing from Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 3 to Version 4.

The current public comment period will last for at least fifty-two (52) days. As the materials become available in additional languages there will be an opportunity to comment.

Important! See below more materials for public comment, such as the proposed new gTLD Program Budget. Also view the Summaries & Analyses from recently closed public fora.

All materials are in draft form for public comment and review. Your comments will help toward the release of the final Applicant Guidebook and the launch of the New gTLD program. Since these are not the final documents, applicants should not rely on the details contained therein since they remain subject to further revision.

ICANN expects to engage in a productive and robust dialogue with the Internet community throughout this consultative process.

Draft Applicant
Guidebook Presented
in Full and by Module
Redline from
Version 3
Memoranda and Reports
Full Draft Applicant Guidebook [PDF, 4.67 MB] redline [PDF, 4.82 MB] - - View
Module 1 [PDF, 548 KB]

Introduction to the New gTLD Application Process
redline [PDF, 620 KB] - - View
Module 2 [PDF, 304 KB]

Evaluation Procedures

Key Content
redline [PDF, 352 KB]

redline [PDF, 416 KB]
Withdrawal of Government Support – Post delegation procedures [PDF, 156 KB]
This corrected version was posted on 4 June 2010. On May 31 an earlier version was posted by mistake. There are no major content changes.
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Module 3 [PDF, 168 KB]

Dispute Resolution Procedures

Key Content
redline [PDF, 176 KB]

redline [PDF, 128 KB]

"Quick Look" Procedure for Morality and Public Order Objections [PDF, 48 KB] - View
Module 4 PDF, 332 [KB]

String Contention Procedures
redline [PDF, 360 KB] - - View
Module 5 [PDF, 152 KB]

Transition to Delegation

Key Content
redline [PDF, 168 KB]

redline [PDF, 1.82 MB]
redline [PDF, 160 KB]
redline [PDF, 156 KB]
redline [PDF, 152 KB]

redline [PDF, 108 KB]

Registry Transition Procedures [PDF, 640 KB]

Summary of Changes to Base Agreement [PDF, 604 KB]
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Module 6 [PDF, 84 KB]

Application Terms & Conditions
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Also open for public comment:

Document E-Mail Comments View Comments
New gTLD Program Budget [PDF, 116 KB] (with June 1, 2010 revisions) - View
Market/Economic Analysis [PDF, 336 KB] - View


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