Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

closed GNSO Guidance Process Applicant Support Guidance Recommendation Initial Report

RequestersGeneric Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)


The GGP Team received a total of 10 submissions from groups, organizations, and individuals. The GGP Team is now beginning a thorough review of the Public Comment submissions received on this Guidance Recommendation Initial Report and will consider whether any changes need to be made to its preliminary recommendations.

What We Received Input On

The GGP Team (working group) is seeking input on its nine (9) preliminary Guidance Recommendations. There are six (6) Guidance Recommendations pertaining to Tasks 3, 4, and 5 of the GGP relating to the identification and prioritization of metrics for the Applicant Support Program, including indicators of success, and three (3) Guidance Recommendations pertaining to Task 6 relating to financing the program when qualified applicants exceed allocated funds.

The Public Comment opportunity is presented as a series of structured questions. To preview all questions, please refer to a Word version of the form here (This document is provided for your reference only. Please submit your input via “Provide Your Input” button on the Public Comment page). It is important that any comment you provide includes a rationale to ensure that the GGP Team understands the concern or issue that you raise.

Proposals For Your Input
GNSO Guidance Process for Applicant Support Guidance Recommendation Initial Report (pdf, 637.24 KB)


The New gTLD Subsequent Procedures (SubPro) Final Report envisioned some levels of substantive work taking place during the Implementation Review Team (IRT) phase of the work, after ICANN Board adoption of the recommendations. In particular, it described the creation of a dedicated IRT charged “with developing implementation elements of the Applicant Support Program” including making substantive decisions on outreach activities and allocation of scarce resources (e.g., when there are more qualified applicants than available funds), among other activities. 

The GNSO Council committed to providing guidance on select topics where additional substantive work was envisaged by the recommendations and implementation guidance contained in the SubPro Final Report. The Council has determined that the provision of guidance is best accomplished via the GNSO Guidance Process (GGP). The GNSO Council approved the GGP Initiation Request to provide additional guidance to support the eventual implementation efforts relating to the Applicant Support Program. The GGP Team was subsequently formed and began its work in November 2022, following its work plan and timeline.