[GTLD-WG] ICANN proposed plan for prioritizing gTLD applications and its impact on the At-Large/ALAC gTLD objection process

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Fri Oct 12 13:35:28 UTC 2012

>From http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-10oct12-en.htm :

ICANN is proposing a plan for prioritizing applications through the
steps leading to delegation. The plan describes assignment of
priorities through the use of a Draw or Drawing – the priority
assigned to each application will be used to schedule the release of
initial evaluation results, pre-delegation testing, and contract
execution. The proposal seeks to complete processing in an expedited
manner, serve the public interest and provide an equitable
prioritization mechanism.

The plan can be viewed at

One of the impacts of this proposed plan (if adopted by ICANN) is the
change in date of the objection period which would be March 13 2013
instead of January 12 2013.

Such a change would require an rescheduling of dates for the various
steps in the At-Large/ALAC Objection Process.
(One Page Summary of the At-Large/ALAC Objection Process:

So the tentative timing of the steps would look like this:

1) The gTLD RG seeks comments from At-Large during the Objection
Period. Comments received from AtLarge are added to the new gTLD
Dashboard at http://bit.ly/newgtld where other members of the At-Large
community can read and post further comments.

2) Around January 7 2013, the gTLD RG reviews the comments on the new
gTLD Dashboard and for each gTLD application with At-Large comments,
the gTLD RG decides whether or not to draft a formal objection
statement directed to that gTLD application on either limited public
interest grounds or community grounds or both.

3) Where the gTLD RG determines that an objection statement is
appropriate, the gTLD RG proceeds to draft the objection statement,
keeping the At-Large community informed via the gTLD Dashboard.

4) Around February 1 2012, the gTLD RG publishes final objection
statements to gTLD applications in a format ready to submit to the
Dispute Resolution Service Provider (DRSP).

5) Each of the 5 Regional At-Large Organisations (RALOs) reviews each
objection statement and decides whether it supports the filing of the
objection statement by the ALAC.

6) By February 28 2012, each RALO sends to the ALAC its advice on the
objection statements on whether the RALO supports the filing of an
objection statement by the ALAC or not.

7) 7) Objection statements NOT supported by at least 3 RALOs will not
be considered by the ALAC. For those objection statements that are
supported by 3 or more RALOs, the ALAC decides whether to file
such objection statements to the DRSP. If this is a positive decision,
then the ALAC (with the support of ICANN) files the objection
statement to the DRSP before the end of the objection period on March
13 2013

Thoughts? This would certainly be discussed at our next gTLD RG
meeting on Wednesday Oct 17 2012 during the ICANN Toronto meeting

Kind Regards

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
gTLD RG chair

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