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Monday, February 27, 2006

 

New Top Level Domain Selection Criteria
 

At the Washington D.C. Meeting of ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization, each ICANN constituency put forth a list of proposed selection criteria to guide the introduction of new TLDs. And so the policy battle begins...

The Selection Criteria:

Business constituency:

  • sound business, technical and operational plan
  • will comply with ICANN policies
  • eligibility criteria for the registrant is limited to a defined category

Registry constituency:

  • consistent with ICANN's limited technical coordination mission
  • provide objectivity that will encourage members of the private sector to participate in a new selection round
  • allow market forces to work freely in contrast to pre-determine Internet user demands
  • should encourage TLD operators/sponsors to differentiate TLD from other TLDs by offering users differentiated options beyond the obvious choice of TLD e.g customer service levels, registry policies etc.
  • should allow for policy decisions to made in the best interests and with participation of relevant user communities in contrast to centrally pre-determining all applicable policies for all TLDs
  • ensure the technical security and stability of the Internet
  • TLD application criteria should require compliance with ICANN guidelines for IDNs
  • applicants that seek to launch a TLD with a primary purpose being to serve needs within a defined geographic territory (or territories) should be asked to identify the specific market of users
  • where the territory is a developing country - describe measures that will encourage use of the Internet within that country
  • no applicant should be allowed to propose a TLD that is either a transliteration of an existing TLD or a lexical or semantic equivalent of an existing TLD.

Registrar Constituency:

  • Applicants must meet minimum technical requirements
  • Registry operators accredited with minimum technical, operational, financial and insurance requirements
  • Maintain the requirement that registries use ICANN accredited registrars

Non-commercial constituency:

  • Neutral, objective and predictable selection process
  • Minimal technical and operational criteria

ISP constituency:

  • A representative from a well defined Community must be an applicant for a new TLD, and registrants are limited to members of that Community
  • The applicant must show that the new TLD has support in the Community
  • TLD application criteria should require compliance with ICANN guidelines for IDNs; the applicant must use technology and have operations that can implement IDNs at the second level
  • The string chosen by the applicant must be differentiated from other TLD strings
  • The string chosen must not infringe the intellectual property rights of others
  • No applicant should be allowed to propose a TLD that is either a transliteration of an existing TLD or a lexical or semantic equivalent of an existing TLD.

Intellectual Property constituency:

  • Predictable, straight forward transparent and objective procedures
  • State in what way the new TLD maximizes benefits for the public interest
  • The applicant must show added value, which will bring user demand, which in turn will enhance competition
  • Must be a clearly differentiated space and satisfy needs that cannot reasonably be met by existing TLDs
  • Registrants are limited to members of a well-defined Community
  • The applicant must show that the new TLD has support in the Community
  • The applicant must have mechanisms to ensure compliance with the charter of the TLD, and addressing violations
  • Accurate verification of registrant eligibility
  • Technical, financial, business, compliance policies
  • Maintenance of UDRP and robust database publicly accessible in real-time and without cost to those query it (compliance ICANN policy)

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