[GTLD-WG] [CPWG] [registration-issues-wg] New gTLD Applicant Support - improve it, or scrap it?

Holly Raiche h.raiche at internode.on.net
Wed Aug 7 00:05:44 UTC 2019


Thanks Olivier

A really good summary of where we got to in what is a difficult issue.

My take: maybe we should think more broadly about what we mean by ‘support’.  I think where we got to is that monetary support for the application only is a good thing, but not sufficient. Part of the larger issue was an outreach program - just to inform about what new gTLDs are, etc, and what help - for the application fee - is available.  Any perhaps the ‘support' should widen - both in information available, but in a serious look at the applicants - and whether they are equipped to support a new gTLD.

Next question, of course, is where the monetary support would come from, and circumstances in which it would make sense to provide it. (so maybe support could be available but on stringent terms to those most likely to successfully support a new gTLD?

All up for debate

Holly

> On Aug 7, 2019, at 7:36 AM, Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear colleagues,
> 
> on last week's CPWG call, a particularly vigorous discussion started regarding gTLD subsequent procedures, with a particular focus on applicant support. 
> 
> The ALAC has been on record in the past round as fully supporting the concept and implementation of an Applicant Support program for applicants that might not otherwise have the funding capability to pay the hefty application fee required when filing an application for a new gTLD.
> 
> For your information, please be so kind to find a few Statements from the ALAC about Applicant Support:
> 
> Publish Date
> Title
> 31 Jul 2014
> Report: Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/6711>
> Topic(s): Contracted Party Agreements <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/contracted-party-agreements>, Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>, Reviews/Improvements <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/reviews-improvements>
> 10 Jan 2012
> New gTLD Applicant Support Program: Financial Assistance <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8041>
> Topic(s): Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>, Operations/Finances <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances>
> 20 Dec 2011
> ALAC Statement on the Preliminary Support Implementation Program <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8071>
> Topic(s): Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>, Operations/Finances <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances>
> 4 Aug 2011
> GAC/ALAC Statement on Applicant Support <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8261>
> Topic(s): Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>, Operations/Finances <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances>
> 7 Dec 2010
> Cartagena Statement of the African ICANN community about the Support for new gTLD applicants <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8581>
> Topic(s): Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>
> 24 Jun 2010
> African ICANN Community Publishes Statement on Support for New gTLD Applicants <https://atlarge.icann.org/advice_statements/8711>
> Topic(s): Engagement <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/engagement>, New gTLDs <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/new-gtlds>, Operations/Finances <https://atlarge.icann.org/topics/operations-finances>
> 
> On last week's call -- see https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg <https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg> we heard several calls for changing this long standing ALAC line and whilst some opposed changing the At-Large position, there was also significant support for changing it. 
> 
> In short, the argument that was developed against Applicant Support was that the financial support proposed to applicants only covered the application fee that was only a small subset of the costs of running a gTLD - so one could argue that applicants risk being set-up to fail. Second, there was concern that there were so few applications for applicant support in the previous ground and thirdly, the guidelines for accepting support applications were so tight to reduce the possibility of gaming, that they were unachievable.
> 
> I recommend that you read the appropriate transcript that is linked from the agenda on https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg <https://community.icann.org/x/a7KjBg> -- but I would urge those who developed their points, in favour of continuing the ALAC view to improve applicant support and those in favour of scrapping Applicant Support, to make their points known here. My paraphrased summary definitely doesn't do justice to all of the points that were put across during the call so I apologise if I have not gotten its interpretation all correct.
> The conversation was just too large and too fundamental for the small amount of time we had available on the call.
> 
> Kindest regards,
> 
> 
> Olivier
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