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Proposed Renewal of .MOBI Sponsored Registry Agreement

Open Date: 23 December 2016 Close Date: 1 February 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .MOBI, which was originally set to expire on 19 October 2015. The Registry Agreement for .MOBI was extended to permit additional time for the parties to finalize the proposed terms for renewal. Accordingly, the Registry Agreement for .MOBI will expire on 31 March 2017. The renewal proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Afilias Technologies Limited (the Registry Operator for the .MOBI TLD).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/mobi-renewal-2016-12-23-en

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