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Minutes | Special Meeting of the Board

A Special Meeting of the ICANN's Board of Directors was held via teleconference on 13 December 2004 and was called to order at 6:05AM (Pacific Standard Time (PST), California). Chairman Vinton G. Cerf presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Mouhamet Diop, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Michael D. Palage, Alejandro Pisanty, Hualin Qian, Vanda Scartezini and Paul Twomey.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: John Klensin, IETF Liaison, Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison; and Suzanne Woolf, Root Server System Advisory Committee Liaison.

John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary participated in the meeting. The following ICANN staff members also participated in the meeting: Kurt J. Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations; Theresa Swinehart, General Manager, Global Partnerships; and, Paul Verhoef, Vice President, Policy Development Support. Miriam Sapiro, a consultant to ICANN, also participated in the meeting.

Chairman Vint Cerf made some opening remarks and then the Board engaged in discussion regarding the following items and in some cases adopted resolutions, as set forth below:

.JOBS sTLD Approval to Enter Negotiations

Kurt Pritz introduced the .JOBS application materials, evaluator's responses and the applicant's supplemental materials. There was extensive board discussion regarding the application. Following this discussion, Vint Cerf moved for a vote to approve the resolutions set out below, and Mouhamet Diop seconded the motion:

Resolved [04.123] the Board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .JOBS sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant. During these negotiations, the board requests that special consideration be taken as to how broad-based policy-making would be created for the sponsored community, and how this sTLD would be differentiated in the name space.

Resolved [04.124] if after entering into negotiations with the .JOBS sTLD applicant the President and General Counsel are able to negotiate a set of proposed commercial and technical terms for a contractual arrangement, the President shall present such proposed terms to this board, for approval and authorization to enter into an agreement relating to the delegation of the sTLD.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board 12-0, with no abstentions. Njeri Rionge was not present for the vote.

.MOBI sTLD Approval to Enter Negotiations

Kurt Pritz introduced the .MOBI application materials, evaluator's responses and the applicant's supplemental materials. There was extensive board discussion regarding the application. Following this discussion, Vint Cerf moved for a vote to approve the resolutions set out below, and Hagen Hultzsch seconded the motion:

Resolved [04.125] the Board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .MOBI sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant. During these negotiations, the board requests that special consideration be taken as to confirm the sTLD applicant's proposed community of content providers for mobile phones users, and confirmation that the sTLD applicant's approach will not conflict with the current telephone numbering systems.

Resolved [04.126] if after entering into negotiations with the .MOBI sTLD applicant the President and General Counsel are able to negotiate a set of proposed commercial and technical terms for a contractual arrangement, the President shall present such proposed terms to this board, for approval and authorization to enter into an agreement relating to the delegation of the sTLD.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board 10-0, with two abstentions by Joichi Ito and Michael D. Palage. Njeri Rionge was not present for the vote.

Adjournment

Vint Cerf formally adjourned the meeting at 8:02 A.M., PST.

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