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[council] Dot Org - Request for Proposals - DNSO comment and timeline

As agreed on the call yesterday (April 24) we are reconvening the dot org task force with a single term of reference, to make comments to the NC on the proposed RFP and to do so to allow NC to review comments for at least 5 calendar days prior to the May 13 deadline.
The task force will comprise:
"Elisabeth Porteneuve"  - interim chair/facilitator to fix schedule of meetings and start comment immediately.
"Grant Forsyth"
"Ken Stubbs"
"Cary Karp"  (Cary - trust this is OK - as you w<ere not on the call?)
The non-coms, IPC and ISP are invited to nominate one representative.
please let me know if you would like a GA representative and if so who.
If there is an alternative nomination for chair by any TF member please hold an election for chair rapidly (or agree to one candidate). Do not wait for nominations or for additional TF members before starting work. Bring new members up to speeed as they join. Please just get on with the task at hand - given the very short deadline.
Schedule and Fee for .org Request for Proposals

Marina del Rey, California, USA (22 April 2002) - At its meeting today,
the ICANN Board established the following target schedule for
requesting, receiving, and evaluating applications to succeed
VeriSign, Inc., as the registry operator for the .org top-level domain:

    1 May 2002 - Posting of draft Request for Proposal (RFP)
    materials for Names Council comment and for applicants
    to begin working on their proposals
    13 May 2002 - DNSO Names Council to provide ICANN Secretary
    any comment on the posted materials
    13 May 2002 - Deadline for prospective applicants to submit
    written questions regarding the draft RFP
    20 May 2002 - Final RFP materials posted
    24 May 2002 - Written questions from prospective applicants
    posted with responses
    18 June 2002 - Deadline for submission of applications, with
    tentatively established examination fee to be paid
    27 June 2002 - Proposals to be discussed Bucharest ICANN
    Public Forum. Applicants to make presentations.
    28 June 2002 - Board to finally establish examination fee
    22 July 2002 - Posting of draft staff report; responses invited
    1 August 2002 - Deadline for applicant responses to draft staff report
    8 August 2002 - Posting of Final Staff Report and Recommendation
    Late August 2002 - Board decision on selection
The above target schedule may be adjusted to the extent circumstances warrant.
The Board also decided that the examination fee for applications
should be tentatively set at US$35,000, with the understanding that
the Board will finally establish the examination fee (which will not
exceed the tentative fee) at its meeting to be held in Bucharest,
Romania, on 28 June 2002. Rebates will be made if the final examination
fee is less than the US$35,000 tentative examination fee.

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