[ALAC] Reconfiguring the URS?

Beau Brendler beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Mon May 7 22:08:18 UTC 2012

And what, for heaven's sake, was ICANN expecting to get for $175K? It spends that on catering at a meeting. Someone in the executive suite needs to step in, reallocate some funds to something more realistic, and move forward. 

-----Original Message-----
>From: Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com>
>Sent: May 7, 2012 12:54 PM
>To: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
>Cc: ALAC Working List <alac at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
>Subject: Re: [ALAC] Reconfiguring the URS?
>Thanks very much Alan for this.  But this propensity to sideline MSM
>principles on the grounds of urgent implementation, especially on matters
>so far reaching, is disturbing.
>- Carlton
>Carlton A Samuels
>Mobile: 876-818-1799
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>On Sun, May 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>wrote:
>> The following message is from the GNSO Council
>> list and has generated a lot of reaction.
>> To summarize: Apparently the potential providers
>> of the URS (Universal Rapid Suspension System)
>> have said that the described process cannot be
>> done for the expected price (or even a fair
>> amount higher) in the time-frame required. Some
>> on the GNSO (and I) find it unusual that there
>> was not at least a heads-up that this rework
>> needed to be redone, and that the only formal
>> indication of it was in a minor item in the
>> proposed budget. And many feel that the proposed
>> way of addressing the problem is unusual, to say the least.
>> For a more complete summary of my views on this,
>> see (including one from me - see my comment to
>> the GNSO Council list at
>> http://gnso.icann.org/mailing-lists/archives/council/msg12997.html.
>> Alan
>> >From: "Neuman, Jeff" <Jeff.Neuman at neustar.us>
>> >To: "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
>> >Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 14:09:09 -0400
>> >Subject: [council] Reconfiguring the URS?
>> >
>> >All,
>> >
>> >Thanks to Phil Corwin for catching this, but
>> >buried in the new budget document
>> >(<
>> http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/op-budget-fy13-01may12-en.htm>
>> http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/op-budget-fy13-01may12-en.htm)
>> >just put out for comment is a note on
>> >“reconfiguring” the URS.  Excerpt provided
>> >below.   I guess they could not find any URS
>> >providers that could do it for the costs that
>> >they had projected, so ICANN is holding 2
>> >summits to work on a new model.  My question for
>> >the Council, is whether this is really a policy
>> >issue that should be referred back to the GNSO
>> >Community as opposed to having  ICANN on its own
>> >resolving after holding 2 summits.  Given the
>> >controversy around this over the past few years,
>> >any tweaks to the URS should probably go back to the community in my
>> opinion.
>> >
>> >++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>> >Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) – $175K
>> >At present there is a significant gap between
>> >the features specified for the URS procedure and
>> >the desired cost. In order to bridge this gap we
>> >will: hold two summit sessions to reconfigure
>> >the URS to arrive at a lower cost model (one
>> >session in FY12 budget and another in this FY13
>> >plan), conduct a process to develop and finalize
>> >URS Model in consultation with current UDRP
>> >providers and community members; and conduct RFP
>> >based on URS Model and select URS providers. The
>> >goal is have a URS program in place and
>> >providers contracted and onboard by June 2013.
>> >
>> >Jeffrey J. Neuman
>> >Neustar, Inc. / Vice President, Business Affairs
>> >21575 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166
>> >Office: +1.571.434.5772  Mobile:
>> >+1.202.549.5079  Fax: +1.703.738.7965 /
>> ><mailto:jeff.neuman at neustar.biz>jeff.neuman at neustar.biz  /
>> www.neustar.biz
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