[council] Adopted Resolutions from ICANN Board Meeting
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Thu Oct 19 08:58:44 UTC 2006
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Adopted Resolutions from ICANN Board Meeting
18 October 2006
Corporate Officer Signing Authorities
Whereas, the organization has grown, and the resulting demands on the
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) have increased and made it
less practical for the President & CEO to handle day-to-day demands of
business operations whilst performing the broader external functions
Whereas, the annual budget and resulting expenditures have increased in
amount and frequency over time.
Whereas, increasing the signing authorization levels would improve the
efficiency of handling day-to-day business operations.
Whereas, the Chief Financial Officer in consultation with the Board
Audit and Finance Committees, has prepared a proposed statement of
“Financial Control Procedures: Corporate Officer Signing Authorities”
dated 17 October 2006.
Whereas, the Audit and Finance Committees have reviewed the proposed
statement of “Financial Control Procedures: Corporate Officer Signing
Authorities” and determined that the provisions are reasonable in
relation to other similar not-for-profit organizations based on size of
the organization and total annual revenues, and provide appropriate
financial control while regulating the related risk. The Audit and
Finance Committees have determined the proposed procedures would be
beneficial to the organization and recommend that the provisions set
forth in the statement be adopted by the full Board of Directors.
Resolved (06.__) that the statement of “Financial Control Procedures:
Corporate Officer Signing Authorities” dated 17 October 2006 is hereby
Payment of Legal Expenses
Whereas, ICANN has had significant needs for legal services during the
month of July 2006 and August 2006, including general legal advice and
several pending lawsuits involving ICANN.
Whereas, Jones Day have provided extensive legal services to meet these
Whereas, ICANN has received invoices from Jones Day totaling
US$116,762.52 in connection with legal services provided to ICANN during
July and August 2006.
Whereas, the General Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer have
reviewed the invoices and determined that they are proper and should be
Resolved (06.__), the President is authorized to make payments to Jones
Day in the amount of US$116,762.52 for legal services provided to ICANN
during July and August 2006.
sTLD Agreement with .ASIA (DotAsia Organisation Limited)
Whereas, on 4 December 5, 2005, the board authorized the President and
General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed
commercial and technical terms for the .ASIA sponsored top-level domain
(sTLD) with the applicant, DotAsia Organisation Limited,
Whereas, on 18 July, 2006, ICANN announced that negotiations with the
applicant for the .ASIA sponsored top-level domain had been successfully
completed, and posted the proposed .ASIA sponsored TLD registry
agreement on the ICANN website,
Whereas, the Board has determined that approval of the agreement, and
delegation of a .ASIA sponsored top-level domain to DotAsia Organisation
Limited would be beneficial for ICANN and the Internet community,
Resolved (06.___), the proposed agreement with DotAsia Organisation
Limited concerning the .ASIA sTLD is approved, and the President is
authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.
Economic Study of Proposed Registry Agreements
Whereas, proposed new registry agreements between ICANN the operators of
the .BIZ, .INFO, and .ORG registries have been posted for public comment
and presented to the Board.
Whereas, the proposed new agreements were the subject of a substantial
number of comments, especially concerning competition-related issues
such as differential pricing.
Whereas, ICANN's Core Values include:
Preserving and enhancing the operational stability, reliability,
security, and global interoperability of the Internet.
Where feasible and appropriate, depending on market mechanisms to
promote and sustain a competitive environment.
Introducing and promoting competition in the registration of domain
names where practicable and beneficial in the public interest.
Whereas, the Board has carefully considered the proposed new agreement,
and the public comments and the registry responses, and finds that
approval of the proposed new agreements would be beneficial for ICANN
and the Internet community, provided that ICANN and the registry
operators are able to agree to appropriate revisions to the proposed
agreements to address competition-related issues such as differential
Whereas, the GNSO is currently conducting a policy-development process
that includes study of some of these issues, but ICANN has pressing
operational questions relating to its bilateral contracts with registry
operators that need to be resolved, separate from any generally
applicable new policies on this subject that might be recommended
through the GNSO process.
Whereas, the domain registration market is very complex and producing
reliable analysis and findings will require high-levels of economic
Resolved (06.___), the President is directed to commission an
independent study by a reputable economic consulting firm or
organization to deliver findings on economic questions relating to the
domain registration market, such as:
whether the domain registration market is one market or whether each TLD
functions as a separate market,
whether registrations in different TLDs are substitutable,
what are the effects on consumer and pricing behavior of the switching
costs involved in moving from one TLD to another,
what is the effect of the market structure and pricing on new TLD
whether there are other markets with similar issues, and if so how are
these issues addressed and by who?
Resolved (06.__), after having considered the public comments and the
responses from the registries, the President and the General Counsel are
hereby requested to renegotiate the proposed agreements relating to:
competition-related concerns (in particular price increase
restrictions); traffic data and review mechanisms resulting from the
introduction of new studies or additional information.
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN
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