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Revised .BIZ, .INFO AND .ORG Registry Agreements Posted for Public Comment

On 18 October 2006, ICANN's Board adopted the following resolution concerning the proposed .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG registry agreements that had been posted for public comment on 28 July 2006:

Resolved (06.__), after having considered the public comments and the responses from the registries, the President and the General Counsel are hereby requested to renegotiate the proposed agreements relating to: competition-related concerns (in particular price increase restrictions); traffic data and review mechanisms resulting from the introduction of new studies or additional information.

Below are links to the revised proposed registry agreements. The "clean" version shows the proposed new language, and the "redlined" version is marked to show the specific revisions from the version first posted on the ICANN website on 27 June 2006. The key changes to the document include a new restriction on the use of "traffic data" in the context of the operation of .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG as "thick" registries (meaning they publish additional registrant- supplied contact details in their public WHOIS services), and the acceptance of a 10% cap on price increases along the lines of the .NET and proposed .COM registry agreements. ICANN invites comments on these proposed revised agreements through 18:00 UTC (10:00 PST) on 14 November 2006 (UPDATED). ICANN's Board is scheduled to consider the proposed revisions and any public comments at its meeting on 14 November 2006.

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