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Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group

Open Date: 8 October 2018 Close Date: 27 November 2018
Originating Organization: New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group, chartered by the ASO, ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO, GAC, SSAC and RSSAC
Categories/Tags: Operations/finance
Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program. According to the CCWG's charter, the objective of the group is to develop a proposal(s) for consideration by the chartering organizations: Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/new-gtld-auction-proceeds-initial-2018-10-08-en

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