Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

Open: 12 November 2010

Closed: 10 December 2010 15 January 2011 at 12:00 UTC

This is a dedicated public comment page designed to collect your input on the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook and the related supporting documentation. During the 10 December Board Meeting in Cartagena the ICANN Board will take into account this work and comments received to make a decision regarding the timing of the launch of the New gTLD Program. The Board can approve the Guidebook or direct that changes be made.

Upon approval of the final version of the guidebook, a four-month communications campaign will be undertaken in an effort to ensure that all those who wish to participate in some way have knowledge of the date when ICANN will begin applications for new gTLDs.

How to Participate

The Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook is available here in its entirety, as well as in its six individual modules. You can either comment on the overall guidebook or comment per module, by area of interest. A red-lined, annotated version of the documents is provided to show what changes were made in progressing from Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 to the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook.

As the materials become available in additional languages there will be an opportunity to comment.

You may also view the Summaries & Analyses from recently closed public fora.

Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

Presented in Full and by Module

Redline from
Version 4



Full Guidebook

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Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook [PDF, 3.1 MB] redline [PDF, 3.3 MB]

Module 1

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Introduction to the gTLD Application Process [PDF, 704 KB] redline [PDF, 714 KB]

Module 2

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Evaluation Procedures [PDF, 416 KB] redline [PDF, 468 KB]
Key Content
Evaluation Criteria [PDF, 277 KB] redline [PDF, 489 KB]

Module 3

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Dispute Resolution Procedures [PDF, 247 KB] redline [PDF, 275 KB]
Key Content
New gTLD Dispute Resolution Procedure [PDF, 130 KB] redline [PDF, 132 KB]
Draft ICDR Fees [PDF, 23 KB] -
Draft ICDR Rules [PDF, 30 KB] -
Draft WIPO Fees [PDF, 13 KB] -
Draft WIPO Rules [PDF, 27 KB] -

Module 4

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String Contention Procedures [PDF, 398 KB] redline [PDF, 400 KB]

Module 5

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Transition to Delegation [PDF, 210 KB] redline [PDF, 229 KB]
Key Content
Base Agreement & Specifications [PDF, 776 KB] redline [PDF, 427 KB]
Uniform Rapid Suspension [PDF, 147 KB] redline [PDF, 158 KB]
Trademark Clearinghouse [PDF, 155 KB] redline [PDF, 166 KB]
Post Delegation Dispute Resolution (PDDRP) [PDF, 559 KB] redline [PDF, 671 KB]
Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution (RRDRP) [PDF, 262 KB] redline [PDF, 315 KB]

Module 6

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Application Terms & Conditions [PDF, 94 KB] redline [PDF, 94 KB]