Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement
23 May 2017 – The ICANN Board approved the Global Amendment at a meeting held on 18 May 2017. Following the Board's resolution, ICANN will provide the appropriate communications to Applicable Registry Operators on next steps for implementation and will update this webpage accordingly. ICANN will also provide updates to keep the ICANN community informed.
8 May 2017 – Applicable Registry Operators have approved the Global Amendment and the next step is to submit the Global Amendment for ICANN Board approval.
11 April 2017 – The voting period on the Global Amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement is closed as of 10 April 2017 at 23:59 UTC.
- Global Amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement [PDF, 424 KB] – as published 22 December 2016
- Cumulative redlines to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement [PDF, 1 MB] – includes all redlines
- Updated summary of changes [PDF, 487 KB] – includes redlines of revisions following the Public Comment Period
- Clean version of amended base New gTLD Registry Agreement [PDF, 1.2 MB] – amended version of the base New gTLD Registry Agreement should the Global Amendment achieve Applicable Registry Operator and ICANN Board approval
- Base New gTLD Registry Agreement [PDF, 651 KB] – current version of the New gTLD Registry Agreement dated 9 January 2014
Final Vote Results
As of the end of the voting period on 10 April 2017, the Applicable Registry Operators have approved the Global Amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. The data below reflects the final results of the vote.
A total of 875 Applicable Registry Operators voted out of a total possible 1,228, reaching the following thresholds:
- Fee Threshold: affirmative approvals of Applicable Registry Operators accounted for 76.59% of the total amount of fees paid to ICANN by all Applicable Registry Operators during the previous calendar year, thus achieving the required two-thirds (66.66%) and resulting in approval by this threshold.
- Majority Threshold: 71.09% of Applicable Registry Operators voted affirmatively, reaching a majority and resulting in approval by this threshold.
The next step is to obtain ICANN Board approval of the Global Amendment. Subsequently, ICANN organization will notify the ICANN community and provide applicable notices to registry operators.
Throughout this vote, ICANN organization updated this section approximately once every two weeks with progress of the vote towards the two thresholds required to achieve Applicable Registry Operator Approval pursuant to Section 7.6(j)(ii) of the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. The charts shown below display the final results as 10 April 2017.
Fee Threshold Chart: represents the final results of "the affirmative approval of the Applicable Registry Operators whose payments to ICANN accounted for two-thirds of the total amount of fees paid, pursuant to the Registry Agreement, the immediately previous calendar year."
As of 10 April 2017
Majority Threshold Chart: represents the final results of "the affirmative approval of a majority of the Applicable Registry Operators at the time such approval is obtained."
As of 10 April 2017
Percentage toward Approval Thresholds: represents movement over time of the fee and majority thresholds required to approve the Global Amendment. Data points indicate dates at which ICANN gathered vote progress data from the third-party voting software.
As of 10 April 2017
The CSV file linked below shows a list of Applicable Registry Operators and whether an Applicable Registry Operator voted. The file includes the following data: (1) TLD; (2) Registry Operator Name; and (3) voting status where "X" indicates that a vote has been submitted.
- Applicable Registry Operator Voting Status (as of the close of the vote on 10 April 2017) [CSV, 42.8 KB]
Section 7.7(a) of the base New gTLD Registry Agreement provides a mechanism for ICANN or the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) to periodically initiate negotiations and revisions to the Registry Agreement. These negotiations may be initiated by either party not more than once per twelve-month period. The first notice to initiate negotiations could not be submitted by either party prior to 1 July 2014.
On 16 July 2014, the RySG notified ICANN that it wished to negotiate proposed changes to the Registry Agreement. As required by Section 7.7(b) of the Registry Agreement, ICANN engaged in a "Discussion Period" with the Working Group established by the RySG on the form and substance of proposed contract amendments that were submitted by the Working Group and ICANN.
On 31 May 2016, ICANN posted for public comment the proposed changes to the Registry Agreement. After the close of the public comment period on 20 July 2016, ICANN published the Report of Public Comments [PDF, 404 KB] on 17 August 2016. ICANN and the Working Group then reviewed the public comments and, on 22 December 2016, ICANN published a Reissued Report [PDF, 545 KB] to supplement the initial Report of Public Comments with additional analysis as well as an updated Global Amendment [PDF, 424 KB].
The Global Amendment, posted in relevant resources below, is the result of several months of negotiations between the parties on mutually agreeable text of the proposed amendments. Pursuant to Section 7.7(c) of the Registry Agreement, the Proposed Revisions was submitted for approval by Applicable Registry Operators (as defined in Section 7.6). The next step is to submit the Global Amendment for approval by the ICANN Board of Directors.
If such approvals are obtained as outlined in Section 7.7(c) of the Registry Agreement, the proposed Global Amendment shall be deemed an Approved Amendment and shall be effected and deemed an amendment to the New gTLD Registry Agreement following a 60-day notice from ICANN to Registry Operators.
- Voting Process – Frequently Asked Questions (Version: 17 February 2017) [PDF, 1.005 MB]
- (Archived) Voting Process Frequently Asked Questions (version: 7 February 2017) [PDF, 1 MB]
- Reissued Staff Report of Public Comment Proceeding [PDF, 545 KB] – includes additional analysis as published 22 December 2016
- Staff Report of Public Comment Proceeding [PDF, 404 KB] – original report as published 17 August 2016
- Public Comment on the Proposed Amendments to base New gTLD Registry Agreement – initiated 31 May 2016
All capitalized terms and referenced sections used throughout this webpage have the meaning described to them in the base New gTLD Registry Agreement.
10 April 2017 at 23:59 UTC – Voting Period Closed
9 February 2017 at 23:59 UTC – Voting Period Opened
7 February 2017, 16:00-17:00 UTC – Webinar – Registry Agreement Amendment Voting Procedures
ICANN held a webinar regarding the Global Amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. During that webinar, members of the RySG's Working Group and ICANN organization led participants through an overview of the amendment process, summarized the changes, and reviewed the voting procedures and next steps.
22 December 2016 – ICANN Published a Reissued Staff Report [PDF, 545 KB] on the Proposed Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement.
17 June 2016 – Session at ICANN56 Announced – Amending the New gTLD Registry Agreement
ICANN held a session at ICANN56 in Helsinki on 28 June 2016 at 07:30 UTC (10:30 EEST) on the proposed amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement. To learn more, read the blog published 31 May 2016.
14 June 2016 – Webinar – Amending the New gTLD Registry Agreement
31 May 2016 – Proposed Amendment to Base New gTLD Registry Agreement