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Voting Transcript of Board Meeting

Initiation of Public Comment Period on Proposed VeriSign Settlement and Proposed New .COM Registry Agreement -

>>VINT CERF: We need to go on the record.

I will call a roll call and ask for your vote on the resolution and the rest of the clauses, starting with Raimundo.

Raimundo, how do you vote?


>>VINT CERF: Alex Pisanty.


>>VINT CERF: Vint Cerf votes yes.

Mouhamet Diop? Mouhamet Diop?

Oh, no. Mouhamet, are you muted by any chance?

All right. Demi Getschko.


>>VINT CERF: Hagen Hultzsch.


>>VINT CERF: Joichi Ito.

>>JOICHI ITO: I vote yes.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you.

Veni Markovski.

>>VENI MARKOVSKI: I also vote yes.

>>VINT CERF: Say again?

>>VENI MARKOVSKI: I vote yes.

>>VINT CERF: You vote yes. Thank you.

Tom Niles?


>>VINT CERF: Mike Palage.


>>VINT CERF: Do you wish to state the reason for your abstention?

>>MICHAEL PALAGE: I guess the simple thing is that's sort of what John and I had discussed on Friday, and I'll just leave it at that.

>>VINT CERF: Well, a --

>>MICHAEL PALAGE: If I sort of change from my -- yeah. Because it's a conflict.

>>VINT CERF: Hualin Qian is not on the call. Njeri Rionge is not on the call.

Vanda Scartezini, how do you vote?


>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Vanda.

Peter Dengate Thrush?


>>VINT CERF: Paul Twomey.


>>VINT CERF: I record the unanimous vote of those present with one exception: Mike Palage abstains. Mouhamet Diop was not responding. Hualin Qian and Njeri Rionge were not on the call.

The staff is now directed to post the document as requested and to arrange for an accumulation of comments and input.

[Off the Record]

Meeting Adjourned at 12:02 PM

Additional Secretary Notes Affixed to the Transcript:

1-[Mouhamet Diop indicated following the call that he was present for the vote but could not be heard.]

2-[Njeri Rionge was not present but requested that the following statement be entered into this transcript:

> I am in favor of the agreement, we should give the community an

> opportunity to give feedback by posting it as soon as possible.

> Once we have received feedback based on the bottom up process, we then

> can determine the operational strategies in line with the outcome. The

> sooner we can overcome this hurdle the better for ICANN as a whole.]

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