2 March 2016 23:59 UTC
24 April 2016 23:59 UTC
Staff Report Due
20 May 2016 23:59 UTC
Purpose: This Public Comment period aims at gathering community input on the proposed amendment to .MOI Registry Agreement to enable Amazon Registry Services, Inc., the Registry Operator of .MOI TLD, to launch Registration Authentication Platform service for its .MOI TLD. This amendment is intended to implement the request from the registry operator to launch this service, which is submitted through the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process.
Current Status: As required by the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP), ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether the proposal might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues for this proposal.
Following ICANN's preliminary determination that the proposal does not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the respective Registry Agreement and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.
ICANN is seeking public comments on the proposed amendment that will enable Amazon Registry Services, Inc. to launch Registration Authentication Platform service for its .MOI TLD.
Next Steps: ICANN will prepare a Public Comment Summary and Analysis Report at the conclusion of the comment period. ICANN will consider these comments as it considers whether or not to approve the amendment.
Section I: Description and Explanation
On 21 December 2015, Amazon Registry Services, Inc., Registry Operator of .MOI TLD submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to launch Registration Authentication Platform gTLD platform service for the .MOI TLD. The Registration Authentication Platform service allows the Registry Operator to verify the eligibility of potential registrants according to Registry Operator's registration policy by providing, receiving, and validating authentication tokens required for the registration of domain names in the TLD. The Registry Operator will perform pre-registration policy verification for customers that wish to register .MOI domain names to assure that the potential customer is eligible to register a name under the .MOI TLD per the .MOI registration eligibility requirements that will be posted publicly before the .MOI Sunrise Period begins.
ICANN is seeking public comment on an amendment to implement the Registry Operator's RSEP request. If approved, the amendment would permit the Registry Operator to implement the Registration Authentication Platform service. The amendment requires the Registry Operator to provide, receive, and validate authentication tokens from registrars via EPP. As part of this Registry Service, the Registry Operator would also be permitted to offer optional customer value products and/or services. As described in the RSEP request, "[t]he Registry may offer the customer the opportunity to select technology tools or applications to support use of the .MOI domain name of interest (collectively, "Technology Tools"). The Registry may also offer to the customer ancillary products or services (other than the Technology Tools) to further complement the customer's use of the domain name of interest. Customers will not be required to purchase Technology Tools or the offered ancillary products or services in order to register and use a .MOI domain name." The Registry Operator is required to obtain prior approval pursuant to the Registry Services Evaluation Policy, currently available at http://www.icann.org/en/registries/rsep/rsep.html, before offering a customer value product or service that is a Registry Service; provided, however, that the offering of a customer value product or service on the Registration Authentication Platform will not, in and of itself, cause such a customer value product or service to be a Registry Service.
On 21 December 2015, Amazon Registry Services, Inc., Registry Operator of .MOI TLD submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to launch Registration Authentication Platform gTLD platform service for the .MOI TLD. The RSEP request was posted for public information on the Registry Service Evaluation Process webpage, available at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/rsep-2014-02-19-en. As provided by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether this proposal might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues for the request.
Section II: Background
On 18 Dec 2014, ICANN and Amazon EU S.à r.l. entered into a Registry Agreement under which Amazon EU S.à r.l. operated the .MOI top-level domain. Effective 23 December 2014, the Registry Agreement was assigned by Amazon EU S.à r.l. to Amazon Registry Services, Inc. which now operates the .MOI top-level domain.
Section III: Relevant Resources
- RSEP Webpage: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/rsep-2014-02-19-en
- RSEP Policy: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/policy-bd-2012-02-25-en
- Amazon Registry Services, Inc. RSEP Request [PDF, 19 KB]
Section IV: Additional Information
- .MOI Proposed Amendment [PDF, 54 KB]