[council] Alternate RAA motion

Tim Ruiz tim at godaddy.com
Wed Feb 25 22:18:27 UTC 2009

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I am making the motion below. There
is no question that the Council can discuss, debate, draft recs on
anything it chooses. However, we have a lot on our plates right now
including much work to be done yet on the Improvements implementation.

Whatever you think of the process that resulted in the RAA amendments,
or whether they go far enough, the amendments themselves are a
significant step forward. Any registrar up for renewal would have to
agree to them. A number of other registrars are ready to agree to them
early. And discussions with Staff had indicated the possibility of
incentives to get other registrars to agree early, but those have
stalled unless the amendments move forward. 

As said before, approving the amendments does not prohibit further
policy work on the issues. Passing the motion below will get something
in place to at least address some portion of the community concerns
raised by the failure of RegisterFly, and provide for further work on a
schedule that the Council sees fit based on the other important work we
are doing - improvements, registration abuse, post-expiry deletes,
transfers, etc.

I ask that the Councilors and their constituents reconsider the proposed
amendments and support this motion.


===== Motion =====


The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) has not been amended since
May 2001, and ICANN has undertaken a lengthy consultative process
related to amending the RAA, including several public comment periods
and consultations; 

The proposed changes to the RAA include important compliance and
enforcement tools for ICANN;

The Council wishes to approve the set of proposed amendments as quickly
as possible so that the ICANN Board may review them, and if approved
then implement them as quickly as possible.


The GNSO Council supports the RAA amendments as documented in
and recommends to the Board that they be adopted.

The GNSO Council will form a Drafting Team to discuss the amendments
further and identify those that the community believes could be further
revised through PDP processes or through additional changes to the RAA
that may not fall within scope of a formal PDP process.


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