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Proposed Minutes | Special Meeting of the Board

A Special Meeting of the ICANN's Board of Directors was held via teleconference on 18 July 2006 and was called to order at 1:00 P.M. PDT US.

Chairman Vinton G. Cerf presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Susan Crawford, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Alejandro Pisanty, Rita Rodin, Vanda Scartezini, Peter Dengate Thrush, Paul Twomey and David Wodelet. Demi Getschko, Hualin Qian, and Njeri Rionge were not present.

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; Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison, and Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison. John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary; Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations; Melanie Keller, Chief Financial Officer; Theresa Swinehart, Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships; David Conrad, General Manager, IANA; Dan Halloran, Deputy General Counsel; Barbara Roseman, IANA Operations Manager; and, Kim Davies, IANA Technical Liaison also participated in the meeting.

Separately, Peter Dengate Thrush thanked the Board and the entire Internet Community for the outpouring of support that he has received in recent weeks.

Board Actions

The Board took the following actions:

1) The Board members present unanimously approved the redelegations of .GD ( Grenada) and .MA ( Morocco). The details of the resolutions are provided below.

2) The Board provided the staff with a "Sense of the Board" relating to the posting of the proposed .ASIA, .BIZ, .INFO, and .ORG Registry Agreements for a public comment period of "no less than 30 days" and further requested that staff provide summary documents at the time of posting.

3) The Board and Staff discussed progress relating to the processes and discussions relating to the United States Department of Commerce.

Approved Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved during the meeting:

Redelegation of .MA ( Morocco)

Kim Davies presented the background on this matter to the Board. After discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved and Vanda Scartezini seconded a request for a vote on the following resolution:

Whereas, the .MA top-level domain was originally delegated on 26 November 1993.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for the redelegation of .MA to the Agence Nationale de Regementation des Telecommunications of Morocco.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interests of the local and global Internet communities.

Resolved (06.60), that the proposed redelegation of the .MA ccTLD to the Agence Nationale de Regementation des Telecommunications of Morocco is approved..

This resolution was approved 11-0 by voice vote. In addition to the Board Members not present on the call, Rita Rodin was not present for this vote.

Redelegation of .GD ( Grenada)

Kim Davies presented the proposed background on this matter to the Board. After discussion, Vint Cerf moved and Raimundo Beca seconded a request for a vote on the following resolution:

Whereas, the .GD top-level domain was originally delegated on 3 June 1992.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for the redelegation of .GD to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Grenada.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interests of the local and global Internet communities.

Resolved (06.61), that the proposed redelegation of the .GD ccTLD to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Grenada is approved.

This resolution was approved 12-0 by voice vote.

Vint Cerf adjourned the meeting at 3.00 P.M. PDT US.

(Posted 17 August 2006; Updated 26 September 2006)

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