[registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] [GTLD-WG] Subsequent Procedures | Request for feedback on Neustar's proposal for 3-phased New gTLD Application Model

Tijani BEN JEMAA tijani.benjemaa at topnet.tn
Sat Jan 5 11:37:49 UTC 2019

Justine, thanks again; This is another excellent piece of work.

I tend to agree with Olivier regarding the conflict of interest of Jeff. I attended the SubPro WG meeting in Barcelona, and Jeff said they are preparing fpr the new application process even before the whole consultation process finishes and before the final approval of the Board. I asked why the rush…. I find the Neustar proposal premature since it’s not yet decided if there will be successive rounds or a single open round. Their proposal of a phased round followed immediately by an open round gave me the impression that decisions are already made.

As for phased round, it might be a good thing, but I disagree with the order of the phases and their nature:
The community applications shouldn’t be combined with the generic ones
I agree that the first phase can be for the dot brand  TLDs that are not geo names
The second phase should be for the community TLDs and applications supported by the ASP since we proposed that these applications should have the priority in case of string contention. 
3rd phase for the geo TLDs
4th phase for the generic TLDs 

But as I said, all this is premature and will depend on the content of the WG final report approved by the board (priority policy for community and supported applications, kind of application rounds, etc.).

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> Le 5 janv. 2019 à 10:47, Sebastien Bachollet <sebicann at bachollet.fr> a écrit :
> Hello,
> Thanks
> I support in large part the comments of OCL
> But it will be easier if we get the slide deck (I didn’t know why I didn’t get it - yet?)
> All the best
> SeB
>> Le 5 janv. 2019 à 09:49, Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com <mailto:ocl at gih.com>> a écrit :
>> Dear Justine,
>> thank you very much for putting together slides with Neustar's proposals. I must admit that these slides made me feel particularly uneasy about the whole process of subsequent procedures. Without prejudice, here we have the Chair of the working group, main driver of the working group moving forward, ex-Neustar and currently working for Valideus, a company that stands to capitalise significantly in the creation of brand TLDs, pushing a calendar that is suggested by his ex-firm, favouring his current firm. I cannot stop seeing a flashing sign telling me "conflict of interest" here. 
>> At ICANN Studienkreis and elsewhere, Cherine Chalaby has been asking the community about the need for a fast next round, and the majority of people around the table, whether end users, businesses, registrars and established registries said they were not eager for an immediate next round. It is only companies that stand to benefit directly from new gTLDs, such as the service providers that have flourished to help with TLD applications (and independent consultants), or register brands, or apply a city TLD business model that they have already applied elsewhere, who are pushing for a next round. 
>> I am not against a next round, but when I see an illustration on page 4 saying "brand TLDs" with an application window 1st Oct 2919 to 12 Jan 2020 (even though there is an asterisk saying proposed dates are illustrative only), this worries me as a way to circulate potential dates for next round. That is, again, putting the carriage before the horses.
>> That said, on the actual concept of three phase model, and irrespective of the above, I am not against the concept of phases, but I do not agree with the proposed phases themselves. Phase 1, brands, sound okay, except for those brands that are geographic names. I would argue that Community TLDs should not be batched with generic TLDs and should be prioritised before GeoTLDs. So Community TLDs should go to phase 2 and Geo TLDs could go to phase 3. I would also say that I have seen significant pushback on generic TLDs that are based on generic words, so I really wonder how that is going to pan out.
>> Kindest regards,
>> Olivier
>> On 05/01/2019 09:08, Justine Chew wrote:
>>> Dear colleagues,
>>> Greetings for the New Year 2019.
>>> During one of the SubPro PDP Sub-Group's review of community submissions received for the Public Comment on the Initial Report on the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP (Overarching Issues & Work Tracks 1-4) (which concluded on 26 Sep 2018), that WG's Co-Chair, Jeff Neuman, requested that SO/AC liaisons obtain from their stakeholder groups feedback on a proposal by Neustar for the (next) New gTLD Program applications to be conducted in three phases followed by an open round.
>>> Details of Neustar's proposal are contained in the attached slide deck. 
>>> I invite you to provide feedback on the same by:-
>>> 1) Replying to this email (or to me privately, if you prefer);
>>> 2) Starting a separate email thread to cpwg at icann.org <mailto:cpwg at icann.org> if you wish to discuss a specific aspect of the said proposal; and/or
>>> 3) Joining the next CPWG call (tentatively on 9 Jan 2019, please look out for a notice from At-Large staff for this call)  
>>> Thank you.
>>> Justine Chew 
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