Applicant Guidebook - ICANN

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To Prospective Applicants for New gTLDs,  ICANN works toward a common good – a stable and secure global Internet. By maintaining the security and  stability of the domain name system, it keeps the Internet running and unified.   This Draft Applicant Guidebook provides detailed information about the rules, requirements and processes of  applying for a new generic top‐level domain (gTLD). It reflects considerable improvements over the previous  version, much of the change due to public participation. This feedback is an essential element of the ICANN  model and of the new gTLD planning process.  Since  its  creation  more  than  ten  years  ago  as  a  not‐for‐profit,  multi‐stakeholder  organization,  ICANN  has  promoted  competition  and  choice  in  the  domain  name  marketplace.  This  includes  a  lengthy  and  detailed  public  consultation  process  on  how  best  to  introduce  new  gTLDs.  Representatives  from  a  wide  variety  of  stakeholders — governments, individuals, civil society, the business and intellectual property constituencies,  and the technology community — were engaged in discussions and bottom‐up policy development for more  than three years.  In  October  2007,  the  Generic  Names  Supporting  Organization  (GNSO),  one  of  the  groups  that  coordinate  global  Internet  policy  at  ICANN,  completed  its  policy  development  work  and  approved  a  set  of  recommendations. The Board of Directors adopted the policy at ICANN’s June 2008 Paris meeting. You can  see a thorough brief of the policy process and outcomes at http://gnso.icann.org/issues/new‐gtlds/.  Working  groups  that  contributed  to  the  development  of  the  Guidebook  comprised  a  large  cross‐section  of  ICANN community members and experts in various fields. For example:   • • • • • •

the Implementation Recommendations Team (IRT) proposed solutions on trademark protections;   the  Special  Trademark  Issues  (STI)  group  made  recommendations  for  a  Uniform  Rapid  Suspension  System and a Trademark Clearinghouse;   the  Vertical  Integration  (VI)  group  is  working  to  devise  a  consensus‐based  model  for  addressing  registry/registrar separation issues;   the  Zone  File  Access  (ZFA)  group  recommended  a  standard  zone  file  access  model  to  combat  potential DNS abuse;   the  High  Security  Top‐Level  Domain  (HSTLD)  group  has  been  working  on  developing  a  voluntary  designation for ‘high security TLDs’:  enhanced security practices and policies; and  the Temporary Drafting Group (TDG) is working with ICANN to draft selected proposed elements of  the registry agreement. 

This has been a truly collaborative effort. Special thanks go to the ICANN community and to other volunteers  who  contributed  countless  hours  of  invaluable  work  to  help  solve  some  of  the  program’s most  challenging  issues.  This  version  of  the  Draft  Applicant  Guidebook  brings  us  close  to  completing  the  process,  and  I  look  forward to receiving your comments.  Sincerely 

Rod Beckstrom  CEO and President 

     

 

Draft Applicant Guidebook, Version 4 Please note that this is a discussion draft only. Potential applicants should not rely on any of the proposed details of the new gTLD program as the program remains subject to further consultation and revision.

 

31 May 2010

 

Preamble New gTLD Program Background New gTLDs have been in the forefront of ICANN’s agenda since its creation. The new gTLD program will open up the top level of the Internet’s namespace to foster diversity, encourage competition, and enhance the utility of the DNS. Currently the gTLD namespace consists of 21 gTLDs and 255 ccTLDs operating on various models. Each of the gTLDs has a designated “registry operator” according to a Registry Agreement between the operator (or sponsor) and ICANN. The registry operator is responsible for the technical operation of the TLD, including all of the names register