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Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report of Recommendations

Open Date: 27 November 2017 Close Date: 8 January 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement, Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview:

The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for Public Comment in March 2017. It is now issuing a call for input on new sections to its draft report. The new sections seek to reflect results from the "Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs" Report (see here for more information), and address costs of the New gTLD Program for trademark holders, based on the results from a survey conducted by the International Trademark Association (INTA) (see here [PDF, 1.4 MB] for more information). In addition, the CCT Review Team requests feedback on updates made to its parking and consumer choice related sections.

The CCT Review Team aims to publish its final report in Q1 2018.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cct-recs-2017-11-27-en

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