[bc-gnso] Proposed Final Implementation Plan: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
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Thu Oct 1 12:43:35 UTC 2009
Proposed Final Implementation Plan: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
30 September 2009
ICANN is pleased to announce the public posting of the Proposed Final
Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process [PDF, 897K].
The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process is an important step at making the Internet
equally accessible for everyone. It will enable the introduction of a
limited number of internationalized country-code top level domain names (IDN
ccTLDs). Once implemented, this will be the first time that users can obtain
a domain name with the entire string in characters based on their native
language. The process will be available to all countries and territories
where the official language is based on scripts other than the Latin
The proposed final plan is scheduled for ICANN Board consideration at the
ICANN meeting in Seoul, Korea, 26-30 October 2009.
The proposed launch date for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process is 16 November
ICANN is looking forward to feedback on the proposed final plan in the
public comment forum designated for that purpose.
The proposed final plan has been developed based on responses to community
comments and discussions. See the latest status update at:
As noted there are a number of outstanding topics that has been discussed in
public comment on implementation proposals of the Fast Track Process since
the initial version of the Draft Implementation Plan was released on 23
October 2008. These include: (i) the form of relationship between an IDN
ccTLD manager and ICANN, (ii) cost considerations regarding contribution to
processing and TLD support costs, (iii) management of variant TLDs.
Solutions to these issues have been discussed, and while current opinions or
positions of each community segment is well understood, it is believed that
additional discussions on these topics will not facilitate further community
agreement on these topics. In order to avoid delay to the launch of the Fast
Track Process and its associated benefits these topics have been provided
for ICANN Board consideration.
The Fast Track Process is a mechanism to introduce a limited number of
non-contentious internationalized country-code top level domain names (IDN
The initial version and three subsequent revisions of the implementation of
the Fast Track Process were discussed at several meetings and online. That
community input resolved a number of issues.
As a result of the progress on the implementation effort, at the recent
ICANN meeting in Mexico, Mexico City, the Board encouraged the community to
".continue its work so that the implementation plan can be finalized and
considered by the Board no later than at its annual meeting in 2009".
The release of the Proposed Final Implementation Plan is an effort to meet
the goal set out in the ICANN Board resolution aimed at enabling positive
consideration by the ICANN Board at their meeting in Seoul, Korea (30
October 2009), followed by launch of the process.
The papers listed below are proposed only. Potential IDN ccTLD requestors
should not rely on any of the proposed details as they remain subject to
further consultation and revision.
Please also note that it is expected there will be several updates to this
announcement, as papers are released, finalized and translated.
Proposed Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
Public comment period for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process:
Staff considerations on received comments: (coming)
IDNC Working Group Final Report (with public comments):
IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process webpage:
Glen de Saint Géry
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