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.CAT Cross-Ownership Removal Request

22 December 2012

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 22 December 2012
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Purpose (Brief):

Fundació puntCAT requests the removal of the cross-ownership restrictions reflected on the 23 September 2005 contract signed between ICANN and Fundació puntCAT. (http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/cat).

This request is submitted according to the "Process for Handling Requests for Removal of Cross-Ownership Restrictions on Operators of Existing gTLDs"

http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/removal-cross-ownership. This process is based on the adopted Board Resolution 2011.06.20.01. The process requires that an amendment requested under this process would be posted for public comment. The proposed amendment can be found here [PDF, 178 KB]. The redlined agreement can be downloaded here [PDF, 66 KB].

ICANN conducted a competition review in accordance to the process and has determined that the request does not raise significant competition issues. Furthermore, Fundació puntCAT argues that the removal of the cross ownership restrictions would allow its entity to be on a level playing field with the new gTLD Registry Operators.

This is the first cross-ownership removal request submitted under the Board-approved process. Once the public comment period ends, the request will be considered by ICANN and the result of this consideration will be made public.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/cat-xo-removal-22dec12-en.htm