[Newgtld-input] PIR comments on Processing of New gTLD Applications

Paul Diaz pdiaz at pir.org
Fri Aug 17 16:08:21 UTC 2012

Public Interest Registry (PIR) appreciates the opportunity to respond to ICANN’s call for input on gTLD batching.  PIR agrees with the staff assessment that “there will be some natural smoothing as applications take different paths through objections and contention resolution processes.”  Applications that take the optimal path (i.e., high scoring, no objections, no contention) should be considered for the first batch.  PIR also believes that applications serving a public interest purpose should be a key goal of any batching prioritization process.  Round robin sequencing per ICANN region could also be considered, but details of such a plan would have to be fully disclosed allowing for comments, prior to implementation.

Best regards,

Paul Diaz
Director of Policy
Public Interest Registry

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