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ICANN Issues 60-Day Notice to the Effective Date of the Approved Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement

1 June 2017

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LOS ANGELES – 1 June 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued a 60-day notice to the effective date of the approved amendment ("Global Amendment") to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement ("Registry Agreement") to all affected registry operators. The effective date of the Global Amendment is 31 July 2017. This 60-day notice follows the approval of the Global Amendment [PDF, 424 KB] by eligible registry operators and the ICANN Board according to the terms of the contract.

The process to amend the Registry Agreement began in July 2014 when the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) notified the ICANN organization that it wished to initiate negotiations for contract amendments. The Registry Agreement provides a mechanism for the ICANN organization or the RySG to periodically initiate negotiations to discuss revisions to the Registry Agreement.

The Global Amendment is the result of bilateral negotiations between the ICANN organization and the RySG Working Group as well as a subsequent public comment proceeding. The ICANN organization and the RySG Working Group reviewed the public comments and revised the Global Amendment based on the comments received. The resulting revisions in the Global Amendment focus largely on technical corrections and clarifications with a few substantive changes.

For additional reference materials and details of the process, visit ICANN's Global Amendment webpage.