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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

Redelegation of .CX (Christmas Island)

Whereas, the .CX top-level domain was originally delegated on 24 April 1997.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for the redelegation of .CX to the Christmas Island Internet Administration Limited.

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 (06.01), that the proposed redelegation of the .CX ccTLD to the Christmas Island Internet Administration Limited is approved.

Extensions of Deadlines for gTLD Agreement Renewal Processes

Whereas, ICANN has been engaged in discussions with gTLD registry operators regarding renewal terms consistent with their existing registry contracts.

Whereas, these negotiations are intended to result in revised new registry agreements for those TLDs, including extended expiration dates and other revised terms to come into line with ICANN's other recent registry agreements.

Whereas, the existing agreements provide that each operator may submit a renewal proposal no later than eighteen months prior to the expiration date, and that ICANN would then have six months to review and discuss the renewal proposal.

Whereas, it may be beneficial for all parties involved to allow for extensions of the deadline for submitting a renewal proposal so that the registry operators will not have to expend resources on developing comprehensive renewal proposals while discussions with ICANN on replacement registry agreements are continuing.

Resolved (06.02), the President and the General Counsel are authorized to continue negotiations with any such registry operator (s) in accordance with existing contractual terms, and are authorized to extend the relevant renewal process deadlines as necessary and appropriate for up to six full months, while discussions continue.

Designation of Bill St. Arnaud for ICANN's 2006 Nominating Committee

Whereas, ICANN Bylaws Article VII, Section 2.8, provides that the Nominating Committee shall include a voting delegate from an "entity designated by the Board to represent academic and similar organizations";

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee has sought recommendations for this appointment in a transparent, plural manner, asking for other legitimate organizations to provide names that fit the criteria for NomComm membership, which process has resulted in the recommendation of Prof. Bill St. Arnaud.

Whereas, Bill St. Arnaud is a highly respected leader of the advanced networks of Canada, CANARIE and CANET, with high international standing and proven abilities to bring together the academic, private, and public sectors, and has indicated that he is ready to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Resolved (06.03), Bill St. Arnaud is designated to represent academic and similar organizations on the 2006 ICANN Nominating Committee.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."