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GNSO Finalized Criteria Recommendation for Designation of Subsequent .net Registry Operator

The GNSO has finalized its recommendation to ICANN regarding the criteria to be applied in the selection of a subsequent registry operator for .net. The final report was approved by the GNSO Council at their teleconference on 5 August 2004, as a consensus statement by more than a two-thirds majority vote.

The original letter to the GNSO with request for criteria recommendation on .net can be found at

The consensus resolution on the .net criteria, from the GNSO Council can be found at

The final report from the GNSO can be found at

Comments to the GNSO report can be submitted to <>, and viewed at <>.

The next steps in designating a subsequent .net registry operator are defined by the procedure for designation of a subsequent registry operator for .net.

For a complete overview of announcements, ICANN Board resolutions, correspondences and other actions taken throughout the development and administration of the procedure for designation of a subsequent .net registry operator please visit General Information Regarding Designation of a Subsequent .net registry Operator.


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