<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; line-break: after-white-space;" class="">Thanks Olivier<div class=""><br class=""></div><div class="">A really good summary of where we got to in what is a difficult issue.</div><div class=""><br class=""></div><div class="">My take: maybe we should think more broadly about what we mean by ‘support’.  I think where we got to is that monetary support for the application only is a good thing, but not sufficient. Part of the larger issue was an outreach program - just to inform about what new gTLDs are, etc, and what help - for the application fee - is available.  Any perhaps the ‘support' should widen - both in information available, but in a serious look at the applicants - and whether they are equipped to support a new gTLD.</div><div class=""><br class=""></div><div class="">Next question, of course, is where the monetary support would come from, and circumstances in which it would make sense to provide it. (so maybe support could be available but on stringent terms to those most likely to successfully support a new gTLD?</div><div class=""><br class=""></div><div class="">All up for debate</div><div class=""><br class=""></div><div class="">Holly<br class=""><div><br class=""><blockquote type="cite" class=""><div class="">On Aug 7, 2019, at 7:36 AM, Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <<a href="mailto:ocl@gih.com" class="">ocl@gih.com</a>> wrote:</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><div class="">
  

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    Dear colleagues,<br class="">
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    on last week's CPWG call, a particularly vigorous discussion started
    regarding gTLD subsequent procedures, with a particular focus on
    applicant support. <br class="">
    <br class="">
    The ALAC has been on record in the past round as fully supporting
    the concept and implementation of an Applicant Support program for
    applicants that might not otherwise have the funding capability to
    pay the hefty application fee required when filing an application
    for a new gTLD.<br class="">
    <br class="">
    For your information, please be so kind to find a few Statements
    from the ALAC about Applicant Support:<br class="">
    <br class="">
    Publish Date
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        <div class="title header">Title</div>
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        <div class="publish-date">31 Jul 2014</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/6711" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">Report:
              Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/contracted-party-agreements" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Contracted
                    Party Agreements</a>, <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/reviews-improvements" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Reviews/Improvements</a></strong></span></span></p>
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        <div class="publish-date">10 Jan 2012</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8041" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">New gTLD
              Applicant Support Program: Financial Assistance</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Operations/Finances</a></strong></span></span></p>
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        <div class="publish-date">20 Dec 2011</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8071" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">ALAC Statement on
              the Preliminary Support Implementation Program</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Operations/Finances</a></strong></span></span></p>
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        <div class="publish-date">4 Aug 2011</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8261" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">GAC/ALAC
              Statement on Applicant Support</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Operations/Finances</a></strong></span></span></p>
        </div>
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        <div class="publish-date">7 Dec 2010</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8581" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">Cartagena
              Statement of the African ICANN community about the Support
              for new gTLD applicants</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a></strong></span></span></p>
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        <div class="publish-date">24 Jun 2010</div>
        <div class="title"><p class=""><a href="https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8711" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self" class="">African ICANN
              Community Publishes Statement on Support for New gTLD
              Applicants</a></p><p class=""><span class="tagCategory"><span class="translatable-label">Topic(s):
                <strong class=""><a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Engagement</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">New gTLDs</a>,
                  <a class="notranslate" href="https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_self">Operations/Finances</a></strong></span></span></p>
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    </ol><p class=""><br class="">
    </p><p class=""><strong class=""></strong>On last week's call -- see
      <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg">https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg</a> we heard several calls for
      changing this long standing ALAC line and whilst some opposed
      changing the At-Large position, there was also significant support
      for changing it. <br class="">
    </p><p class=""><br class="">
    </p><p class="">In short, the argument that was developed against Applicant
      Support was that the financial support proposed to applicants only
      covered the application fee that was only a small subset of the
      costs of running a gTLD - so one could argue that applicants risk
      being set-up to fail. Second, there was concern that there were so
      few applications for applicant support in the previous ground and
      thirdly, the guidelines for accepting support applications were so
      tight to reduce the possibility of gaming, that they were
      unachievable.</p><p class="">I recommend that you read the appropriate transcript that is
      linked from the agenda on <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg">https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg</a> --
      but I would urge those who developed their points, in favour of
      continuing the ALAC view to improve applicant support and those in
      favour of scrapping Applicant Support, to make their points known
      here. My paraphrased summary definitely doesn't do justice to all
      of the points that were put across during the call so I apologise
      if I have not gotten its interpretation all correct.<br class="">
    </p><p class="">The conversation was just too large and too fundamental for the
      small amount of time we had available on the call.</p><p class="">Kindest regards,</p><p class=""><br class="">
    </p><p class="">Olivier<br class="">
    </p>
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