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ICANN Posts Communication from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Regarding its Sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain | ICANN Continues Negotiations with UPU for .POST sTLD

(Update 7 September with Public Comment Closing Date)

The attached communication from the UPU [PDF, 193K] describes aspects of its intended sponsorship of the .POST sponsored top-level domain. ICANN and the UPU have entered into negotiations intended to result in the delegation of the .POST registry. This outreach by the UPU is intended to inform the community about proposed aspects of the UPU’s business model and requested contractual agreement. These proposals are based upon the UPU’s vision for adding significant value to: the DNS, its member states and their designated operators 1 of postal services, and the recipients of postal services. Certain aspects of these terms relate to the UPU’s status as an intergovernmental organization (IGO) comprised of member states and as specialized agency of the United Nations.

Significantly, this outreach invites public examination and comment at an early stage of the negotiation. Negotiations will continue and comments made regarding this material will be taken into account as they are received.

Comments on the UPU communication may be posted to and viewed at Comments on this aspect of the negotiations with the UPU will close on 6 October 2007.

[1] Designated Operator (DO): any governmental or non-governmental entity officially designated by the member country to operate postal services and to fulfill the obligations arising out of the Acts of the Union on its territory.

For example in the UK it is Royal Mail , in the USA it is US Postal Service (USPS), in Brazil it is Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos, in Kazakhstan it’s Kazpost, in Malaysia it’s Pos Malaysia Bhd, in Botswana it’s Botswana Post, and in Ghana it is Ghana Postal Services Corporation.

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