[At-Large] New Draft of the Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs is Available for Public Comment

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Sat Apr 16 11:38:17 UTC 2011

Dear All,

>From http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-15apr11-en.htm :

ICANN has posted for public comment today the April 2011 Discussion
Draft of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.

In keeping with the draft timeline
 [PDF, 117 KB] approved by the ICANN Board at its meeting in San
Francisco, this draft of the Applicant Guidebook will be open for
comment for 30 days, through 15 May 2011.

This posting includes a "track changes" version of the six modules of
the Applicant Guidebook, along with a series of new Explanatory Memos
related to changes made as a result of the recent consultations
between ICANN's Board and Governmental Advisory Committee:

Trademark Protections (Trademark Claims & Sunrise Services; and The
Requirement for Demonstrating Use)
GAC and Government Objections; Handling of Sensitive Strings; Early Warning
Exemptions to Objection Fees for Governments
Root Zone Scaling
Market and Economic Impacts
Registry-Registrar Separation

These memos were developed to document the latest position on these
topics by taking into account the current thinking, discussions and
public comments received. Each memo not only reflects GAC advice but
also contains the reasoning and rationale on each of the relevant
issues regarding the launch of the New gTLD Program and Applicant

Also being posted today is the ICANN Reply
[PDF, 275 KB] to the GAC Comments (on the ICANN Board's Notes on the
GAC Scorecard).

Keeping with the draft timeline, ICANN plans post a final version of
the guidebook by 30 May 2011, in time for consideration of the New
gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN
Board to be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN meetings in

See http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-15apr11-en.htm
and http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/comments-6-en.htm
for all of the relevant links

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
LACRALO Secretariat

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