[council] USG comments on new gTLDs

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Thu Nov 6 10:51:08 UTC 2008

Hello All,

I captured the following portion of Meredith Atwell Baker's speech for

 ... following areas of concern with the new gTLD process that need
careful and thoughtful consideration and resolution prior to moving

(1) Impact of potential changes to the registrar/registrar marketplace
to allow for vertical integration;

(2) Expanding the marketplace before having effective and meaningful
tools to protect consumers and brand owners;

(3) demonstrating ICANN has sufficient capacity to enforce contract
compliance with, as yet, an unknown number of new contracts;

(4) the fee structure, the possible use of auctions and the disposition
of excess revenue given ICANN's status as a non-profit;

(5) and appropriate mechanisms to address dispute resolution, including
the very delicate issues of morality and public order.

Bruce Tonkin

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