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Revised Schedule for Public Comment Period on Two Key ICANN Plans

LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is notifying the community that the Public Comment period for the Draft FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget has changed. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, 17 December 2019, drafts of the two plans will now be available beginning Friday, 20 December 2019.

This date change may impact previously scheduled meetings intended for the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees to begin their review. ICANN org is prepared to provide those groups with the Table of Contents of the documents and other information that may be helpful prior to the release of the complete drafts. Please email planning@icann.org to request. Information also will be published on the Finance community wiki page.

In addition, the Public Comment period has been extended by 7 days to 58 days (excluding holidays) to give the community more time to review the documents. To learn more and ask questions during the Public Comment window, webinars will be held on:

More details about how to join these webinars will be available in January. ICANN org staff is available to meet with individual community groups to answer questions and help increase understanding about the plans. Please email planning@icann.org to request a meeting.

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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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