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Welcome to the New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook Public Comment Forum

Open: 12 November 2010

Closed: 10 December 2010 15 January 2011 at 12:00 UTC

This is a dedicated public comment page designed to collect your input on the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook and the related supporting documentation. During the 10 December Board Meeting in Cartagena the ICANN Board will take into account this work and comments received to make a decision regarding the timing of the launch of the New gTLD Program. The Board can approve the Guidebook or direct that changes be made.

Upon approval of the final version of the guidebook, a four-month communications campaign will be undertaken in an effort to ensure that all those who wish to participate in some way have knowledge of the date when ICANN will begin applications for new gTLDs.

How to Participate

The Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook is available here in its entirety, as well as in its six individual modules. You can either comment on the overall guidebook or comment per module, by area of interest. A red-lined, annotated version of the documents is provided to show what changes were made in progressing from Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 to the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook.

As the materials become available in additional languages there will be an opportunity to comment.

You may also view the Summaries & Analyses from recently closed public fora.

Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

Presented in Full and by Module

Redline from
Version 4



Full Guidebook

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Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook [PDF, 3.1 MB] redline [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Module 1

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Introduction to the gTLD Application Process [PDF, 704 KB] redline [PDF, 714 KB]

Module 2

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Evaluation Procedures [PDF, 416 KB] redline [PDF, 468 KB]
Key Content
Evaluation Criteria [PDF, 277 KB] redline [PDF, 489 KB]

Module 3

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Dispute Resolution Procedures [PDF, 247 KB] redline [PDF, 275 KB]
Key Content
New gTLD Dispute Resolution Procedure [PDF, 130 KB] redline [PDF, 132 KB]
Draft ICDR Fees [PDF, 23 KB] -
Draft ICDR Rules [PDF, 30 KB] -
Draft WIPO Fees [PDF, 13 KB] -
Draft WIPO Rules [PDF, 27 KB] -

Module 4

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String Contention Procedures [PDF, 398 KB] redline [PDF, 400 KB]

Module 5

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Transition to Delegation [PDF, 210 KB] redline [PDF, 229 KB]
Key Content
Base Agreement & Specifications [PDF, 776 KB] redline [PDF, 427 KB]
Uniform Rapid Suspension [PDF, 147 KB] redline [PDF, 158 KB]
Trademark Clearinghouse [PDF, 155 KB] redline [PDF, 166 KB]
Post Delegation Dispute Resolution (PDDRP) [PDF, 559 KB] redline [PDF, 671 KB]
Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution (RRDRP) [PDF, 262 KB] redline [PDF, 315 KB]

Module 6

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Application Terms & Conditions [PDF, 94 KB] redline [PDF, 94 KB]


Supporting Documents

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Economic Study Phase II Report [PDF, 782 KB] - View
Morality & Public Order Explanatory Memo [PDF, 904 KB] - View
Summary of Changes to Base Agreement [PDF, 199 KB] - View

Summary of the Impact of Root Zone Scaling [PDF, 957 KB]

Delegation Rate Scenarios for New gTLDs [PDF, 1.1 MB]

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New gTLD Program Budget [PDF, 120 KB]

Milestone Report – Applicant Support Working Group – New gTLD Program [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Addenda – Final Milestone Report Joint SO/AC New gTLD Applicant Support Working Group (WG) [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Mitigating Malicious Conduct – an Overview [PDF, 501 KB]


Public Comment – Summary & Analyses

Applicant Guidebook v4 [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Economic Framework (Phase I Report) [PDF, 311 KB]
Joint SO/AC Working Group on New gTLD Applicant Support Snapshot [PDF, 667 KB]
Draft Program Development Snapshot #2 - High Security Top-Level Domain Advisory Group (HSTLD Advisory Group) [PDF, 168 KB]


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