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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 18 February 2005 and was called to order at 1:42PM (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, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Michael D. Palage, Alejandro Pisanty, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini and Paul Twomey.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Steve Crocker, Security and Stability Advisory Committee Liaison; Roberto Gaetano, At Large Advisory Committee Liaison; Richard Thwaites, Technical Liaison Group Liaison; 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: Doug Barton, General Manager for IANA; Tina Dam, Chief gTLD Registry Liaison; Denise Michel, Executive Director, At-Large; Kurt J. Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations; and, Paul Verhoef, Vice President Policy Development Support.

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:

Interim ALAC Appointments

Denise Michel introduced the proposed resolution, and also reported that ALAC had selected Bret Fausett as its GNSO Liaison. Following additional discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved, and Veni Markovski seconded, that the Board adopt the following resolution:

Whereas, Esther Dyson and Thomas Roessler, two original members of the ALAC who were appointed by the Board in 2003, announced in November 2004 that they were resigning from the ALAC (effective upon the appointment of their replacements) to pursue other endeavors.

Whereas, the Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs), which will be responsible for selecting two members of the ALAC for each region, have not yet been formed in North America or Europe, the Board is responsible for filling these vacancies.

Whereas, the ALAC solicited volunteers and public input, and received five volunteers from North America and two volunteers from Europe to fill these vacancies. The ALAC reviewed volunteers' backgrounds and statements of interest, conducted due diligence, selected finalists for additional questioning and, after extensive deliberations, selected recommended that the Board appoint John Levine to fill the North American seat, and Annette Muehlberg to fill the European seat on the ALAC.

Resolved [05.04], the Board thanks Esther Dyson and Thomas Roessler for their service to ICANN by membership on the Interim At Large Advisory Committee.

Resolved [05.05] John Levine and Annette Muehlberg are appointed to fill the vacancies on the Interim At Large Advisory Committee.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board, 12-0. Njeri Rionge, Alejandro Pisanty and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

Approval of RegistryPro Request to Launch ING.PRO

John Jeffrey introduced the topic for discussion. John Klensin and Tina Dam provided additional comments. Following additional discussion, Vanda Scartezini moved for a vote on the following resolution, which was seconded by Michael D. Palage:

Whereas, on 24 January 2005, ICANN's Board authorized the President and the General Counsel to approve the proposal made by RegistryPro for the implementation of ENG.PRO.

Whereas, the .PRO Registry Agreement, Appendix L, Section 4.5, contains a procedure for implementation of new sub-trees for label signifying professional subcategories in additional languages.

Whereas, RegistryPro has submitted a request to implement ING.PRO is to signify "engineer" in additional languages, e.g. ingenieur (German ), inginieur (French), ingeniero (Spanish), and ingenieur (Dutch).

Resolved [05.06], the President and the General Counsel are authorized to approve the proposal made by RegistryPro to implement ING.PRO.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board, 13-0. Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

IPv4 Global Allocation Policy

Doug Barton introduced the proposed resolution. Following additional discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved, and Paul Twomey seconded, that the Board adopt the following resolution:

Whereas, through 2003 and 2004 the RIRs, ICANN staff, and ultimately the four regional policy forums have discussed the codification of existing global policies for allocation of IPv4 address blocks from IANA to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

Whereas, consensus has been achieved in all four regions, and the ASO Address Council has forwarded the codified policy to the ICANN board for action, affirming that the Policy had been approved in accordance with the four RIR's local policy development processes.

Whereas, subsequent to the receipt of the policy proposal, ICANN, the RIRs and the NRO entered into the new ASO MOU <http://aso.icann.org/docs/aso-mou2004.html>, which was signed on 21 October 2004.

Whereas, the New ASO MOU contains a detailed Global Policy Development Process (GPDP) that outlines a detailed process related to how the board can react to a policy proposal. While the IPv4 policy recommendation predates the signing of the MOU, the Board considers it would be appropriate to conduct a review period to allow the policy to be considered and potentially finalized at the ICANN meetings in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in April 2005.

Resolved [05.07], the Board preliminarily adopts the proposed policy as a valid codification of current procedures, and directs the President to continue to follow the policy in the performance of the IANA function.

Resolved [05.08], the President and the General Counsel are directed to post the proposed IPv4 Global Allocation Policy for public comment and review by ICANN's supporting organizations and advisory committees, with the goal of finalizing adoption of the policy, barring any substantial objection from the community or constituent bodies, at the ICANN meetings in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in April 2005.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board, 13-0. Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

Approval of Payment for .NET Evaluator

Kurt Pritz introduced this resolution to the board. John Jeffrey and Paul Twomey provided additional information. Michael D. Palage noted that he would recuse himself from the discussion and the vote on all .NET successor registry process matters. Following additional discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved, and Vint Cerf seconded, a request for a vote on the following resolution:

Whereas, on 5 December 2004, the ICANN Board approved the final .NET Request for Proposals, in accordance with the recommendation of the GNSO Council and the previously adopted procedure.

Whereas, the Final .NET RRP called for the hiring of an independent third party to manage the evaluation of the .NET proposals, and Telcordia Technologies, Inc. was selected to perform the evaluation based on the criteria stated in the RFP.

Whereas, an initial payment of US$100,000 is due to the independent evaluation firm, and ICANN's established financial controls specify that payments of that size be authorized by the Board of Directors.

Resolved [05.09], that the President and General Counsel are authorized to make all necessary payments to the independent evaluation team and the international panel of DNS experts retained to evaluate the applications, in an amount not to exceed US$400,000, which equals the non-refundable sum total of application fees collected from the five applicants.

This resolution was approved by the Board by a vote of 12-0, with one abstention by Michael D. Palage. Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

.CAT sTLD Approval to Enter Negotiations

Kurt Pritz introduced the .CAT 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 on approval the resolutions as set out below, seconding was simultaneously offered by Mouhamet Diop, Veni Markovski, and Michael D. Palage. The resolution was the following:

Resolved [05.10] the Board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .CAT sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant, in conjunction with consultation with the appropriate governmental authorities.

Resolved [05.11] if after entering into negotiations with the .CAT 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 approved by the Board by a roll call vote of 10-2, with one abstention. The following Board Members voted affirmatively: Raimundo Beca, Vint Cerf, Mouhamet Diop, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Michael D. Palage, Hualin Qian, Vanda Scartezini and Paul Twomey. Alejandro Pisanty and Thomas Niles voted against the resolution. Demi Getschko abstained from voting. Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

.ASIA sTLD Discussion - No Resolution Passed

Kurt Pritz introduced the .ASIA application materials, evaluator's responses and the applicant's supplemental materials. There was extensive board discussion regarding the application and in particular whether the applicant had demonstrated the sponsored community requirements.

Following this discussion, Hagen Hultzsch introduced a motion to deny the application for the .ASIA sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) and Alejandro seconded the motion. An inconclusive roll call vote was conducted, and a second roll call vote was conducted which resulted in the motion failing to achieve a majority of the Board voting in favor of the proposed resolution.

The vote was 3-6 against passing the resolution with 3 abstentions. Hagen Hultzsch, Alejandro Pisanty and Paul Twomey voted in favor of the proposed resolution. Raimundo Beca, Vint Cerf, Mouhamet Diop, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski and Vanda Scartezini voted against the resolution. Demi Getschko abstained from voting because he did not feel that he had enough information to make a vote. Michael D. Palage and Hualin Qian abstained from voting for reasons relating to a possible appearance of a conflict of interest. Thomas Niles, Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

Therefore, no resolution was passed and the .ASIA sTLD application was not approved or denied during this meeting.

Adjournment

Vint Cerf formally adjourned the meeting at 4:28PM, PST.

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