ICANN is posting for public comment Renewal Proposals submitted by the current .aero, .coop, and .museum Sponsors. The current sponsoring organizations' agreements with ICANN for these three top-level domains will expire in 2006, and Renewal Proposals have been submitted in accordance with the terms of the current agreements.
Comments must be submitted to the forums below by 4 February 2006 in order to be considered in the renewal process as outlined below.
ICANN's agreement with Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), the current sponsoring organization for the .aero top-level domain, will expire on 17 December 2006.
The .aero Renewal Proposal can be found <here>.
The .coop Renewal Proposal can be found <here>.
The .museum Renewal Proposal can be found <here>.
Procedure for Subsequent Agreements
Section 5.2 of the Sponsorship Agreements for each of the above top-level domains provides a time period (between 18 and 12 months prior to expiration) during which the current Sponsor may submit a Renewal Proposal to ICANN for continued sponsorship of the TLD.
ICANN accordingly posts the Renewal Proposal for public comment for a period of 45 days, as further detailed in the agreement. The Renewal Proposal shall contain:
A description of the effectiveness of the Sponsor in meeting the needs of the Sponsored TLD Community,
Proposed changes to (a) the Charter and (b) the delegation of policy-development responsibility from ICANN to Sponsor, and
A certification that the Sponsor has complied with all material terms of the current Agreement or, where that is not the case, a description of any failure to comply.
If ICANN does not receive, within forty-five days after the Renewal Proposal is posted under Subsection 5.2.1, any objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5 of the Agreements.
In the event that ICANN does receive one or more objections to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, a staff evaluation and additional public comment period will follow as described in Sections 5.2.3 and 5.2.4 of the Agreements.