This is an update on the status of the evaluation of the eleven applications ICANN received from entities seeking to become the registry operator for the .org top-level domain on 1 January 2003, when VeriSign, Inc. gives up that role. For more information, see the previous updates that were published on 25 July 2002 and 4 August 2002.
Supplemental Question 2 was posed to all applicants on 7 August 2002. Supplemental Question 3 was posed to Internet Multicasting Service, Inc./Internet Software Consortium, Inc. on 9 August 2002. The applicants' responses to Supplemental Questions 1, 2, and 3 have been posted.
A preliminary version of the staff evaluation report was posted on 19 August 2002. It is based on four underlying reports, which were also posted on 19 August 2002:
Gartner, Inc. Evaluation Report (technical aspects)
Academic CIO Evaluation Report (technical aspects)
NCDNHC Evaluation Report (usage aspects)
ICANN General Counsel Evaluation Report (procedural aspects)
29 August 2002 - Last day for comments by applicants and members of the public on the preliminary staff evaluation report. Comments should be sent by e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please note that comments received will be posted for public review.
5 September 2002 - Based on the comments received through 29 August 2002, the preliminary report will be finalized and posted.
16 September 2002 - Each applicant is invited to submit by this date a commentary, no more than 5000 words long, on the final evaluation report. The commentaries will be provided to the ICANN Board and posted shortly after they are received.
Late-September 2002 - The ICANN Board will consider the evaluation report at a telephone meeting.
Mid-October 2002 - Target date for completion of a registry agreement between ICANN and the selected successor operator of the registry for the .org top-level domain.
1 January 2003 - The contracted successor operator will assume responsibility for operation of the .org top-level domain.