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ICANN Opens Comment Period on PIR Amendment to Implement Approved Registry Service

Updated 1 March 2007

On 22 November 2006, ICANN's Board of Directors by a 10-0 vote approved Resolution 06.84 to implement the Public Interest Registry's (PIR's) proposed new registry service [PDF, 1,160K] to implement an excess delete fee on certain ("excess") .ORG domain names deleted during the 5-day add-grace period. Specifically the new service approved by the Board provides that PIR may charge a registrar an excess delete fee of 5 cents on every domain name deleted during the 5-day add-grace period when the number of deletions is in excess of 90% of the total number of initial registrations made by a registrar in a 30-day period.

The resolution authorized the President and General Counsel to enter into an amendment of the .ORG Registry Agreement with PIR to implement the approved service.

A copy of the amendment is available here [PDF, 33K] and provides for changes [PDF, 181K] to Appendix 7, Section 3.1.1 and Appendix 8 (the Registry-Registrar Agreement), Exhibit A of the .ORG Registry Agreement. The comments on the amendment submitted to will be considered until 5:00 PM PDT 15 March 2007 and may be viewed at The process for considering new registry services is posted at All documentation regarding this proposed service and corresponding comment forum has been previously posted as part of the procedure at

*On 28 February 2007, David Maher sent the following clarification to Kurt Pritz to correct the public notice to clearly reflect the period for determining Grace Period Deletes. Staff requested further clarification. The period is clarified to be one calendar month. [See correspondence with PIR, PDF, 13K]. A copy of the updated amendment is available here [Amendment No. 1 to .ORG Registry Agreement, PDF,  25K].

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