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ICANN today issued for public comment a proposed amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. The public comment period ends 13 July 2016.
The amendment proposed today reflects over 18 months of negotiations between representatives of ICANN and the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). These negotiations were conducted pursuant to Section 7.7 of the base agreement. The RySG initiated the process. Following the conclusion of the public comment period, ICANN and the RySG working group for these negotiations will consider the comments and submit the proposed final version of the amendment for approval by registry operators and the ICANN board (see Section 7.6 of the registry agreement). If these approvals are obtained, the amendment will become effective upon 60 days notice from ICANN to the registry operators.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.