[council] ICANN Solicits Public Comment on Single Character Name Allocation Framework

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ICANN Solicits Public Comment on Single Character Name Allocation Framework
13 June 2008

In response to community comment and interest, ICANN has developed a 
proposed allocation framework and use of funds from the allocation of 
single-character second-level domain names (SC SLDs) in existing gTLDs. 
ICANN is proposing an auction mechanism and disbursement of funds toward 
areas of public good for the Internet community. Discussion of proposed 
allocation methods will involve consultation with gTLD registries.

ICANN invites public comments on the Allocation Framework [PDF, 73K] 
through 13 July 2008 23:59 UTC. Comments can be submitted to 
allocation-framework at icann.org, and viewed at 

ICANN is also announcing the selection of Power Auctions LLC 
(www.powerauction.com) as ICANN's auction design consultant for various 
auction needs, including 1) the development of models for the resolution 
of contention among applicants for new generic TLD strings, 2) for the 
disposition of data from failed registrars or registries, and 3) for the 
allocation of SC SLDs.

Power Auctions has an international team composed of noted experts in 
auction design and implementation. Power Auctions and its affiliate, 
Market Design Inc. (see http://www.marketdesign.com/), have implemented 
auctions for electricity (Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, US), natural 
gas (Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary) and greenhouse gas emission 
reductions (UK). They have also implemented a prototype auction for 
airport landing slots (for the FAA in the United States) and have 
assisted governments in auctions of telecommunications spectrum (in 
Canada, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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