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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 these earlier updates:
- Update on .org Reassignment Process (25 July 2002)
- Second Update on .org Reassignment Process (4 August 2002)
- Third Update on .org Reassignment Process (21 August 2002)
- Fourth Update on .org Reassignment Process (4 September 2002)
- Fifth Update on .org Reassignment Process (5 September 2002)
- Sixth Update on .org Reassignment Process (13 September 2002)
Based on applicant and public comments on the draft version posted on 19 August 2002, the Staff Evaluation Report has been finalized and posted.
The remaining schedule for the selection process has been revised as follows:
23 September 2002 - Final staff evaluation report posted.
23 September-8 October 2002 - Public comment period on finalized evaluation report. Comments should be sent by e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Comments received will be posted for Board and public review.
1 October 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.
Shortly after 8 October 2002 - The ICANN Board will consider the evaluation report at a telephone meeting.
23 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.