[registrars] gTLD Registries Statement on new gtlds
gTLD Registries Statement on New TLDs
At its meeting in Amsterdam on 15 December 2002, the ICANN Board passed
"Resolved [02.151] that the Board requests the GNSO to provide a
recommendation by such time as shall be mutually agreed by the President
the Chair of the GNSO Names Council on whether to structure the
the generic top level namespace and, if so, how to do so."
1. The Registry Constituency believes that the Board should not
the evolution of the generic top level name space in a manner that
the development of a market-based evolution of additional generic top
domains. The Constituency urges the Board to foster this continuing
evolution without imposing on it a structure (e.g. sponsored or
chartered or unchartered) that is predetermined by the Board.
2. The Board should solicit technical assistance from the IETF on the
question of how many new TLDs can reasonably be added each year,
with (a) the requirements of RFC 2628 "IAB Technical Comment on the
DNS Root" and (b) the technical stability of the Internet.
3. The Board should promptly establish minimum measurable technical and
financial qualifications that all new registry operators should meet.
4. The Board should promptly post for community review a proposed
with new registry operators that contains only those provisions
necessary to assure interoperability and stability. It is reasonable to
require that new registry operators:
a.) choose new TLD names that are not identical or confusingly similar
other tope-level domain names in the root zone file, and that the
are subject to a procedure comparable to the UDRP to resolve any
that may arise;
b.) adopt the UDRP for the resolution of abusive domain name disputes
c.) operate in accordance with established technical standards,
provision for a "disaster recovery" plan in the event the registry
goes out of business; and
d.) comply with consensus policies adopted by ICANN consistent with the
of market-based evolution of the name space.
The Board should offer to existing registries similar applicable terms
conditions that are offered to the new registries.
5. The Board should open a process for prospective registry operators
meet the minimum technical and financial qualifications. Each applicant
should be free to decide how and whether to restrict or otherwise define
registrants and to propose how to market its name.
6. The Board should establish, after input from the constituencies, a
procedure to select from among multiple applicants, either for the same
names or for different names, if, because of technical considerations,
are more applicants for names than are then feasible to be added to the
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