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Dear Assembly members,

We have received the following request from the Names Council Chair:
[please note that this message will also be posted to our new ga-org mailing
list] --

will you initiate discussion on the GA on the dot org referral? We are going
to discuss process at the NC June 29 meeting. So, options from the GA for
process would be of interest for then. Please summarise GA proposals/options
and circulate to the NC in advance.

Dot org
The Board has referred this issue to the NC. The constituencies (and GA) are
asked to discuss and inform NC of their views. Timeline: First views on
substance and process to NC meeting of 29 June.

The text of the Board referral
(http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-04jun01.htm ) is:
Whereas, on 25 May 2001 ICANN entered into a new registry agreement with
VeriSign, Inc. for the .org top-level domain;

Whereas, under that agreement VeriSign's operation of the .org top-level
domain will terminate on 31 December 2002, at which time the operation will
be turned over to an entity designated by ICANN;

Whereas, before the transition to operation of the .org top-level domain by
the new entity can occur, it will be necessary to designate or establish an
appropriate entity, to fashion its legal relationship with ICANN, to develop
any necessary policies for the entity's operation, and to allow the entity
to set up its business operations;

Whereas, it is the Board's goal that these activities be completed in an
orderly manner and in time to permit transfer of operational
responsibilities for .org on the contracted schedule;
Whereas, meeting this goal will require early planning and policy

Whereas, the Board considers that the designation of a successor registry
for the .org top-level domain involves policy issues concerning the
domain-name system that should be referred to the Domain Name Supporting
Organization for its consideration and recommendations;

Whereas, under Subsection 5.1.4 of the current .org registry agreement
VeriSign must contribute a US$ 5,000,000 endowment to be used to fund future
operating costs of a non-profit entity, if one is designated by ICANN as
successor operator;

Whereas, the Board notes that the availability of this endowment should be
considered in developing policy for the future operation of the .org
top-level domain;

Whereas, the Board urges that consideration be given to the positive effects
on stability of assuring the ability of present registrants to continue
their registrations;

Resolved [01.71] that the Board refers to the Names Council for its
consideration the issues raised by the scheduled transition of the operation
of the .org top-level domain from VeriSign to a new entity, including at

(a) whether to select an existing entity to succeed VeriSign as responsible
for operation of the .org TLD, or to establish a new entity;

(b) the characteristics of the entity to be selected or established;

(c) selection criteria for the entity or its organizers;

(d) principles governing its relationship with ICANN (sponsored or
unsponsored TLD, term of operation, etc.); and

(e) policies for the entity's operation of the .org top-level domain (to the
extent they are not to be established by the entity).

Further resolved [01.72] that the Names Council is requested to provide a
report on its progress on the issues referred by resolution 01.71, including
any policy recommendations it has developed, no later than 12 October 2001;

Further resolved [01.73] that the report will then be posted for public
comment in advance of ICANN's third annual meeting in November 2001.

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