[bc-gnso] ICANN Board votes to shut-down the EOI program

Steve DelBianco sdelbianco at netchoice.org
Fri Mar 12 08:08:17 UTC 2010

Resolution cited uncertainty about date for resolution of Overarching Issues
to satisfaction of the board;  difficulty in synchronizing applications
program with EOI; preferring to focus staff on remaining issues;

Resolve to withdraw EOI; and direct CEO to press on with new gTLD program
Harald Alstrand: still concerned about risks of many new gTLDs and wants CEO
to be attentive to those risks.
Bruce Tonkin: confusion about purpose(s) of EOI.  Would have given data on #
and nature of strings.  Would have informed applicants to improve their
applications. Staff and community resources are being taken away from
underlying problems; so up-or-down vote is the best way to proceed.
Crocker: primary purpose of EOI was to give magnitude of demand;
Raimundo changed his mind on EOI because there was lack of consensus for it.
Resolution Passed: overwhelmingly.    Just one No vote from Michael Silber
(I think)
Michael Silber: EOI had potential benefits and it's a pity its being thrown

Steve DelBianco
Executive Director
http://www.NetChoice.org and http://blog.netchoice.org

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