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Draft Advice Letter on Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, and Competition

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 23 February 2012
Comment Close: 3 April 2012 Extended to 17 April 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 4 April 2012 Extended to 18 April 2012 To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close: 24 April 2012 Extended to 8 May 2012 View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Consumer Metrics Working Group
Categories/Tags: ICANN Board/Bylaws; Transparency/Accountability
Purpose (Brief):

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council's Consumer Metrics (CCTC) Working Group requests community input on the draft Advice Letter [PDF, 234 KB] on Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, and Competition at the request of the ICANN Board.

For translations of the draft advice letter see:

Current Status: This Public Comment solicitation represents an opportunity to share perspectives on the proposed definitions and metrics of Consumer, Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, and Competition within the draft Advice Letter. The CCTC Working Group will host a public session in Costa Rica and the close of the comment period will extend after the meeting to allow the community adequate time for comment.
Next Steps: The CCTC Working Group will consider the comments received as part of their deliberations and creation of the final Advice Letter. The final version will be submitted to the GNSO Council for consideration. If it is approved the GNSO Council will submit the Advice Letter to the ICANN Board.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund Email:
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
The Consumer Metrics Working Group produced a draft Advice Letter defining Consumer, Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, & Competition at the request of the ICANN Board Resolution (2010.12.10.30) to Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs). The Working Group is seeking community feedback on the draft, which will be considered by GNSO Council. If it is approved the GNSO Council will submit the Advice Letter to the ICANN Board.
Section II: Background

The GNSO Council chartered the CCTC Working Group on 22 September 2011. It was intended that the Charter [PDF, 642 KB] could also be formally endorsed by the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), but their endorsement was not a requirement for participation in the Working Group. The charter Drafting Team understood that its goal was to produce advice for consideration by GNSO, ccNSO, Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ALAC, each of whom was asked for advice as part of the Board resolution discussed above. Each AC/SO may act independently on the CCTC Working Group's draft advice, and may endorse all, part, or none of the draft advice as it decides how to respond to the Board resolution.

The CCTC Working Group understands that the purpose of this advice is to provide ICANN's Board with definitions, measures, and targets that could be useful to the Affirmation of Commitments (AOC) Review Team that will convene one year after new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are launched. However, the CCTC Working Group understands that this advice cannot pre-determine or otherwise limit the scope of the future AOC review team.

Section III: Document and Resource Links
  1. 22 September 2012 GNSO Council Resolution Chartering the CCTC Working Group:
  2. CCTC Charter: [PDF, 642 KB]
  3. Draft Advice Letter: [PDF, 234 KB]
Section IV: Additional Information

(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

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