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Use of a Drawing for Prioritizing New gTLD Applications

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 10 October 2012 Public Comment Announcement
Comment Close: 9 November 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC
Reply Open: N/A To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close: N/A View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): N/A Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN
Categories/Tags:
  • New gTLD Program
  • Batching and Metering
  • Prioritization Drawing
Purpose (Brief): An equitable and reliable method is required for prioritizing new gTLD applications to meet root zone scaling requirements and enable timely processing of applications through contract execution and pre-delegation testing.
Current Status: Information on a plan utilizing a drawing method to prioritize new gTLD applications is posted at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/batching/drawing-prioritization-10oct12-en.pdf [PDF, 524 KB]. Comments are being solicited.
Next Steps:
Implementation of an agreed-on solution.
Staff Contact: Kurt Pritz, Chief of Strategy Email: Kurt.Pritz@ICANN.org
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
An equitable and reliable method is required for prioritizing new gTLD applications to meet root zone scaling requirements and enable timely processing of applications through contract execution and pre-delegation testing.
Section II: Background
After careful analysis of public comment and possible solutions for processing new gTLD applications, ICANN is proposing a plan for prioritizing applications through the steps leading to delegation of candidate registries. The plan describes assignment of priorities through the use of a Draw or Drawing – the priority assigned to each application will be used to schedule the release of initial evaluation results, pre-delegation testing, and contract execution. The proposal seeks to complete processing in an expedited manner, serve the public interest and provide an equitable prioritization mechanism.
Section III: Document and Resource Links
Section IV: Additional Information
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