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ICANN has posted for public comment today the April 2011 Discussion Draft of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.
In keeping with the draft timeline [PDF, 117 KB] approved by the ICANN Board at its meeting in San Francisco, this draft of the Applicant Guidebook will be open for comment for 30 days, through 15 May 2011.
This posting includes a "track changes" version of the six modules of the Applicant Guidebook, along with a series of new Explanatory Memos related to changes made as a result of the recent consultations between ICANN's Board and Governmental Advisory Committee:
- Trademark Protections (Trademark Claims & Sunrise Services; and The Requirement for Demonstrating Use) [PDF, 284 KB]
- GAC and Government Objections; Handling of Sensitive Strings; Early Warning [PDF, 91 KB]
- Exemptions to Objection Fees for Governments [PDF, 331 KB]
- Root Zone Scaling [PDF, 286 KB]
- Market and Economic Impacts [PDF, 480 KB]
- Registry-Registrar Separation [PDF, 400 KB]
These memos were developed to document the latest position on these topics by taking into account the current thinking, discussions and public comments received. Each memo not only reflects GAC advice but also contains the reasoning and rationale on each of the relevant issues regarding the launch of the New gTLD Program and Applicant Guidebook.
Also being posted today is the ICANN Reply [PDF, 275 KB] to the GAC Comments (on the ICANN Board's Notes on the GAC Scorecard).
Keeping with the draft timeline, ICANN plans post a final version of the guidebook by 30 May 2011, in time for consideration of the New gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN Board to be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN meetings in Singapore.