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[registrars] ICANN Budget for 1999-2000

Fellow Registrars --

I wanted to inform you that ICANN is about to make some changes to the
ICANN budget.  The Task Force on Funding agreed several months ago that
the ICANN budget should be allocated as follows:

gTLD registrars -- 50%
gTLD registry -- 5%
ccTLD registries/registrars -- 35%
IP Address Registries -- 10%

In allocating the '99-'00 budget (the ICANN fiscal year ends June 30,
2000), the gTLD registrars were tasked with paying $2,101,000 which was
only 49.1% of the budget.  As a result, they are asking us to pay an
additional $37,500 which brings our contribution up to 50%.

Both Peter Gerrand of Melbourne IT, also a member of the TFF, and I believe
that this
reallocation is acceptable, as long as ICANN does not view the
registrars as the "swing" provider should ICANN have budget shortfalls
in the future.  In those instances, ICANN should look to other groups
for their funding as the gTLD registrars are already contributing the
lion's share.

Please let me know ASAP if you have any questions or concerns with this
change.  The TFF is meeting on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week,
and I'd like to be able to represent the registrars' point of view.

Richard D. Forman
President & CEO
Register.com, Inc.
Phone: 212-798-9100 (Gen'l)