GAC Responds to Board on Geographic Names

30-May-2009

MARINA DEL REY, CA - The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) submitted a final letter on May 26, 2009 responding to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board's concerns about the ability to implement the provisions of article 2 of the GAC Principles regarding new gTLDs, particularly paragraph 2.7.

According to a press release by ICANN, the letter recommends, as a minimum, that the names contained in three internationally recognized lists must be reserved at the second level at no cost to governments of all new gTLDs.

However, other issues relating to geographic names at the top-level and the potential misuse of the respective names at the second level requires further discussion.

The GAC's letter is in response to the March 6, 2009 ICANN Board resolution, and subsequent letter from ICANN of March 17, 2009 seeking GAC members input on possible options to resolve the outstanding implementation issues regarding the protection of geographic names at the second level (http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm#08) and http://www.icann.org/correspondence/twomey-to-karklins-17mar09-en.pdf).

The GAC provided an interim response to this request on April 24, 2009 http://www.icann.org/correspondence/karklins-to-twomey-24apr09.pdf.

On May 15, 2009, the GNSO Council provided comments on the proposal outlined in the GAC's letter of April 24, 2009, http://gnso.icann.org/correspondence/gnso-ltr-to-gac.pdf.

The Board requested a final report from the GAC by May 25, 2009 and which will now be published May 29, 2009. http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-24apr09-en.htm

 





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