ICANN Releases .XXX Process Options, Opens Public Comment

Mar 29, 2010 9:30 AM PST

MARINA DEL RAY, Calif. — ICANN has issued a report on possible process options to further consider ICM Registry’s application for the .XXX sponsored top level domain.

Pusuant to the Board’s March 12 resolution, this report describes the most plausible process options ICANN has following the issuance of the IRP Declaration regarding ICM Registry’s application.

The report reads, “ICANN acknowledges ICM’s recent correspondence dated March 21. In that correspondence, ICM stated that it has ‘identified no option other than prompt execution of the 2007 negotiated agreement.’"

The report states that the Board has considered this option, but if the Board decides to move forward with ICM’s application, using either the 2004 criteria or criteria established for the new gTLD program, it is appropriate to conduct due diligence to ensure that the applicant would meet or still meets the requisite financial and technical criteria.

The three options in considering the panel’s IRP Declaration include:

Accept finding of the majority in full

Accept findings of the majority in part

Or, disagree with majority and accept findings of the dissenting Panel member

The report explains the process further once the ICANN board determines whether ICM’s application should or should not move forward.

In accordance with the Board’s resolution passed in Nairobi, this report will be posted for public comment for no less than 45 days from Mar. 26-May 10.

At the end of this public comment period, ICANN's CEO and General Counsel will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions to present to the Board for consideration of the possible process options no later than ICANN's international meeting in Brussels.

The report can be found here.

The formal public comment forum box is available here.

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