[AFRI-Discuss] Public Comment Period opens on Telnic proposal to amend registry agreement for .TEL gTLD

Nick Ashton-Hart nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Tue May 15 13:51:48 EDT 2007


ICANN Opens Comment Period on Telnic Proposal

11 May 2007

On 27 April 2007, ICANN posted for public information a proposal from  
Telnic Ltd., the sponsor of the .TEL top-level domain, to amend  
the .TEL Registry Agreement. Specifically, Telnic is seeking to alter  
the public display of Whois for TEL customers pursuant to Appendix S,  
Section VII of the .TEL Registry Agreement (http://www.icann.org/tlds/ 
agreements/tel/appendix-s-07apr06.htm#Part7). (Telnic intends to  
launch registry operations in late 2007/early 2008.)

Telnic’s request states that they have been in communication with the  
UK Information Commissioner’s Office concerning Telnic’s current  
contractual obligations on Whois. However, there is no pending  
enforcement action against Telnic, therefore this is not a situation  
that would trigger the Draft ICANN Procedure for Handling Whois  
Conflicts with Privacy Law (http://gnso.icann.org/issues/whois- 
privacy/whois_national_laws_procedure.htm). In addition, this change  
is being proposed while discussion continues within the GNSO Policy  
Development Process on Whois. Telnic (and all gTLD registries) will  
be required to comply with new Whois consensus policy when approved  
by the Board.

As provided for by existing consensus policy (http://www.icann.org/ 
registries/rsep/rsep.html), ICANN has undertaken a preliminary  
determination period to determine whether the proposed service might  
raise significant security or stability, or competition issues.  
ICANN's determination is that the proposed amendment does not raise  
such issues.

The next step in evaluation is that (because implementation of the  
proposal would require a change to the .TEL Registry Agreement) ICANN  
will post the proposed amendment, solicit public comment and refer  
the proposal to the ICANN Board for consideration.

A copy of the proposed amendment is available at http://www.icann.org/ 
tlds/agreements/tel/tel-amendment-30may07.pdf [PDF, 25K] and provides  
for changes to Appendix 1, Appendix 5 and Appendix S, Part VI of  
the .TEL Registry Agreement. The comments on the proposal may be  
submitted to registryservice at icann.orguntil 11 June 2007 23:59 UTC  
and may be viewed at http://forum.icannorg/lists/registryservice/.  
The process for considering new registry services is posted athttp:// 
www.icann.org/registries/rsep/rsep.html. All documentation regarding  
this proposed service and corresponding comment forum has been  
previously posted as part of the procedure at http://www.icann.org/ 



Patrick L. Jones

Registry Liaison Manager

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Tel: +1 310 301 3861

Fax: +1 310 823 8649

patrick.jones at icann.org

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