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.

closed PTI / IANA Governance Proposal

RequestersICANN org


ICANN received five submissions to the PTI/IANA Governance Proposal Public Comment Proceeding: four from organizations and one from an individual. Commenters voiced general support on the proposed planning process improvement.

The comments are each briefly summarized, and an analysis is provided for each. This Public Comment summary report includes the ICANN org staff summary of the comments and observations on the topics raised by the submitters in relation to the proposed planning process improvements.

ICANN appreciates the time, dedication, and participation in this proceeding and is grateful to those who provided their feedback.

What We Received Input On

The purpose of this Public Comment is to seek community feedback on the proposed Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Bylaws amendment to reduce complexities and improve the PTI-related planning processes with the overall ICANN planning process.

The proposed PTI Bylaws amendments include:

  • Modifying the timing for the initial delivery of the PTI Operating Plan & Budget to the PTI Board, which is currently set to nine months prior to the start of the fiscal year, to a 90-day window. This will allow better alignment with the remainder of ICANN’s planning processes.
  • Moving PTI from a four-year strategic planning cycle to a five-year strategic planning cycle, which will enable alignment with ICANN’s five-year strategic planning work.

Proposals For Your Input
Redline - Proposed PTI Bylaws amendment (pdf, 137.08 KB)


Both the ICANN and PTI Bylaws contain requirements for ICANN’s overall planning processes relating to the IANA functions. The ICANN Bylaws mandate an IANA Operating Plan & Budget (IANA OP&B) and the PTI Bylaws mandate both a PTI Strategic Plan and a PTI Operating Plan & Budget. These are all in addition to ICANN’s annual Operating Plan & Budget, Five-Year Operating Plan & Budget, and ICANN’s Five Year Strategic Plan. The special timing and processes for the IANA-related plans result in increased complexities and extra steps in the planning process for the community, organization, and ICANN Board. 

The PTI Bylaws, which were drafted to implement the community’s proposals on the IANA Stewardship Transition, contain important safeguards on the separation of ICANN and its affiliate and maintaining ICANN’s obligation to fund the IANA functions. The PTI Board, in considering these Bylaws amendments, confirmed that the principles developed through the community’s IANA Stewardship Transition Process are still maintained, even while introducing additional flexibility in timelines for delivery of the IANA-related plans.
The PTI Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2024 contains a strategic goal to reduce the complexities and duplication between what is in scope for IANA and ICANN planning processes and deliverables. The PTI Board initiated this Bylaws amendment process in furtherance of that strategic goal. Public Comment is an important part of this Bylaws amendment process. After Public Comment, the PTI Board will consider the comments received. If the PTI Board approves the amendments, then the ICANN Board will consider whether it also approves the amendments.