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Preliminary Report | New gTLD Program Committee Meeting

Note: On 10 April 2012, the Board established the New gTLD Program Committee, comprised of all voting members of the Board that are not conflicted with respect to the New gTLD Program. The Committee was granted all of the powers of the Board (subject to the limitations set forth by law, the Articles of incorporation, Bylaws or ICANN's Conflicts of Interest Policy) to exercise Board-level authority for any and all issues that may arise relating to the New gTLD Program. The full scope of the Committee's authority is set forth in its charter at http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/new-gTLD.

Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the New gTLD Program Committee. This has not been approved by the New gTLD Program Committee and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the unapproved reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Minutes, when approved at a future meeting.

NOTE ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN PRELIMINARY REPORT – ON RATIONALES -- Where available, a draft Rationale for each of the Board's actions is presented under the associated Resolution. A draft Rationale is not final until approved with the minutes of the Board meeting.

A Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors was held in Beijing, China on 11 April 2013 at 6:00 pm local time.

Committee Chairman Cherine Chalaby promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Chair the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro Ray Plzak George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Judith Vazquez, and Kuo-Wei Wu.

Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison and Francisco da Silva, TLG Liaison, were in attendance as non-voting liaisons to the committee.

Heather Dryden, GAC Liaison, was in attendance as an invited observer.

This is a preliminary report the Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee, which took place on 11 April 2013.

  1. Main Agenda
    1. Approval of NCPC Meeting Minutes
    2. New gTLD Program Readiness
    3. IGO Protection Issues
    4. Closed Generics
    5. New gTLD Agreements

 

  1. Main Agenda:

    The Chair opened the meeting and briefly reviewed the agenda.

    1. Approval of NGPC Meeting Minutes

      The New gTLD Program Committee took the following action:

      Resolved (2013.04.11.01), the NGPC approves the minutes of the 1 February 2013 and 2 February 2013 NGPC Meetings.

      All members of the New gTLD Program Committee approved of Resolution 2013.04.11.01. The Resolution carried.

    2. New gTLD Program Readiness

      The Chair read a brief statement into the record regarding the readiness of the New gTLD Program, noting the importance of certainty and progress without undue delay. The Chair also emphasized that the security, stability and resiliency of the root server system remains paramount and will not be jeopardized.

    3. IGO Protection Issues

      Chris Disspain read a statement into the record regarding the IGO protection issues and reiterating the statement he made earlier in the week to the Governmental Advisory Committee and noted that the Committee will work toward a formal resolution at the ICANN meeting in Durban.

    4. Closed Generics

      Olga Madruga-Forti read a statement into the record regarding the issue of exclusive use, or "closed generic" top level domains, noting that the Committee is considering the comment received and expects to conclude its deliberations on this issue by the end of April.

    5. New gTLD Agreements

      The President and CEO provided an update on the status of the New gTLD Registry Agreement and the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement, noting that both are to be posted for public comment as soon as they are available. In addition, work is already underway to determine how the operational side can be sped up, such as allowing applicants to proceed to predelegation testing prior to contract signing.

      The Committee then had a brief discussion regarding planning and timelines prior to the ICANN meeting in Durban, South Africa, including addressing the GAC advice released during the Beijing meeting.

      The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 23 April 2013

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