ICANN Resolutions » 2003-06-26 - Sponsored TLD Request for Proposals
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Board invites public comment on draft request for proposals for sTLDs; requests President to provide to Board detailed plan and schedule for development of appropriate long-term policy for introduction of new gTLDs.
Whereas, in resolution 02.152 the Board directed the President to develop a draft request for proposals for the Board's consideration for the purpose of soliciting proposals for a limited number of new sponsored gTLDs (sTLDs);
Whereas, on 25 March 2003 ICANN posted Criteria to Be Used in the Selection of New Sponsored TLDs as a topic paper for the Rio de Janeiro meeting;
Whereas, comments were received on that topic paper at the Public Forum held in Rio de Janeiro on 26 March 2003 and by e-mail;
Whereas, on 24 June 2003 the ICANN staff posted draft materials for a request for proposals for a limited number of new sTLDs;
Whereas, the draft materials were discussed at the ICANN Public Forum in Montréal on 25 June 2003 and are open for public comment by e-mail;
Whereas, the public comment raised various issues, including whether the request for proposals should be limited to applicants who proposed sTLDs in the November 2000 new-TLD selection process, or whether applications should also be accepted at this stage from others wishing to propose sTLDs;
Whereas, the Board places high priority on developing an appropriate long-term policy for introduction of new gTLDs into the domain-name system using predictable, transparent, and objective procedures;
Resolved [03.112] that the Board invites public comment, to be submitted by e-mail on or before 25 August 2003, on the draft request for proposals for sTLDs, posted on 24 June 2003, and specifically (a) notes that it has an open mind concerning whether the request for proposals should be limited to applicants who proposed sTLDs in the November 2000 new-TLD selection process, or whether applications should also be accepted at this stage from others wishing to propose sTLDs and (b) requests public comment on that issue; and
Further resolved [03.113] that the President is requested to provide to the Board, no later than 26 July 2003, a detailed plan and schedule for development of an appropriate long-term policy for introduction of new gTLDs into the domain-name system using predictable, transparent, and objective procedures, including at least the following elements:(a) completion of the presently ongoing review of the results of the new-TLD proof of concept initiated in 2000;
(b) obtaining advice and analysis on issues pertinent to such a long-term policy from appropriate sources;
(c) commencement of a well-focused Policy-Development Process within the Generic Names Supporting Organization on such a long-term policy; and
(d) consultation with ICANN's Advisory Committees and other Supporting Organizations.