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Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: The ICANN organization is seeking comments on a draft procedure [PDF, 327 KB] for ICANN to consider changes to Specification 12 of Community generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements. The guiding principles of the procedure would permit a community gTLD registry operator to seek modifications to Specification 12 without removing the Community Registration Policies, excessively broadening or narrowing registrant eligibility and/or name selection requirements or resulting in significant negative impact to the TLD Community. This draft procedure is the result of collaboration between the Community gTLD Change Request Process Working Group and the ICANN organization, with input provided by members of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). This Public Comment proceeding follows the steps outlined in guidance [PDF, 245 KB] provided on this topic by the GNSO Council.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/community-gtld-change-procedure-2018-02-14-en

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