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Report of Public Comments
Purpose: The purpose of this Public Comment proceeding is to obtain community input on the proposed renewal of the .AERO Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the .AERO renewal agreement). This renewal agreement is the result of bilateral discussions between the ICANN organization and SITA Information Networking Computing USA, Inc. (SITA), the registry operator for the .AERO top-level domain (TLD).
Current Status: The current .AERO Registry Agreement (herein referred to as current .AERO agreement) will expire on 10 September 2021. Section 4.2 of the current .AERO agreement provides that it shall be renewed upon the expiration of the initial term set forth in Section 4.1.
Next Steps: Following review of the Public Comments received, ICANN org will prepare and publish a summary and analysis of the comments. Input provided will be taken into consideration in ICANN org's decision regarding the proposed .AERO renewal agreement.
Section I: Description and Explanation
The proposed .AERO renewal agreement is based on the current .AERO agreement with modifications agreed upon by ICANN org and SITA, and incorporates various terms of the base Registry Agreement modified for a legacy TLD (such as the .MUSEUM Registry Agreement and .COOP Registry Agreement). Listed below is a summary of both a) material differences between the proposed .AERO renewal agreement and the base Registry Agreement, and b) provisions in the proposed .AERO renewal agreement that are materially different from the way .AERO currently operates.
Contractual Compliance Review: As part of the renewal process, ICANN org conducted a review of contractual compliance under the current .AERO agreement. SITA was found to be in compliance with their contractual requirements for the .AERO TLD.
Posted for public comment are both clean and "redline" versions of the Registry Agreement that is proposed to be executed by the parties:
Section II: Background
ICANN org and SITA entered into the current sponsored .AERO Registry Agreement on 11 June 2009 for operation of the .AERO TLD.
In addition to the .AERO Registry Agreement, the Registry Agreements of several "legacy" gTLDs, namely the .MUSEUM, .NET, .MOBI, .JOBS, .TRAVEL, .CAT, .PRO, .ASIA, .BIZ, .INFO, and .ORG Registry Agreements, have been renewed as a result of bilateral negotiations between ICANN org and the applicable registry operator. These renewed agreements can be viewed at: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/registries/registries-agreements-en.
Section III: Relevant Resources
Section IV: Additional Information
Section V: Reports