Draft Comparison Table for ICANN Registry Agreements

Last Updated: 28 August 2009
Date: 
9 October 2006
Document: Draft Comparison Table for ICANN Registry Agreements
Date: 2006-10-09
Author: Dan Halloran
Issue: pdp-feb-06
TLD TLD Type Date Posted Presumptive Renewal? Presumptive Renewal? Consensus Policies Limited? Consensus Policies Provisions Price Controls? Price Controls Provisions ICANN Fees? ICANN Fee Provisions Traffic Data? Investment mandates?
AERO sTLD 2001 Yes 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Sponsor may, no earlier than eighteen and no later than twelve months prior to the Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the continuation of its sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD for an additional term of five years (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a report of the Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD and include a description of its effectiveness in meeting the needs of the Sponsored TLD Community, proposed additions to or deletions from (a) the Charter and (b) the delegation of policy-development responsibility from ICANN to sponsor, and a certification that the Sponsor has complied with all material terms of this Agreement or, where that is not the case, a description of any failure to comply. During a period of at least thirty days after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall post the Renewal Proposal for public comment.

5.2.2. If ICANN does not receive, within forty-five days after the Renewal Proposal is posted under Subsection 5.2.1, any objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5.

5.2.3. If ICANN receives, within the forty-five day period described in Subsection 5.2.2, one or more objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall commence a staff evaluation of whether (and, if so, on what terms) a continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community. The evaluation shall include consideration of whether the Sponsor continues to be representative of the Sponsored TLD Community, whether a different Sponsor would be more representative, the presence or absence of material breaches of this Agreement by Sponsor, and other information that is relevant to the determination of whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.4. A report of the staff evaluation shall be posted and the public and the Sponsor shall be afforded at least thirty days to comment. After the completion of that comment period, the ICANN Board shall evaluate Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD. The ICANN Board shall consider, among other things, the Renewal Proposal, the staff evaluation, and public comments. ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5 unless the ICANN Board determines, by a two-thirds vote of those voting, that continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is not in the interest of the the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.5. The terms of any extension of this Agreement shall be substantially consistent with the terms of agreements between ICANN and sponsors of other Sponsored TLDs then in effect.

5.2.6. In the event that a person or entity other than the Sponsor is selected as the successor sponsor for the Sponsored TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor sponsor to pay to Sponsor within sixty (60) days after the Expiration Date the actual cost the Sponsor can evidence in reasonably adjusting to the change of sponsorship, such as payment of early termination fees for any contracts, leases, loans, or other obligations and severance pay for employees, but in no event shall the amount be less than US $200,000. This liquidated amount reflects a reasonable estimate of those costs which would likely be difficult to assess definitively at the time of change in sponsorship.
Yes 4.3. Topics for New and Revised ICANN Specifications and Policies. ICANN may establish new and revised specifications and policies applicable to the Sponsored TLD, according to the procedure stated in Subsection 4.4, on the following topics:

4.3.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.3.2. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.3.3. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a sponsor, registry operator, or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.3.4. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for Registered Name Holders and Registered Names;

4.3.5. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars;

4.3.6. except to the extent policy-development responsibility is delegated to Sponsor by Attachment 2, the following topics:

4.3.6.1 resolution of disputes regarding whether the particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.3.6.2 principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., landrush procedures, timely renewal requirements, holding period after expiration);

4.3.6.3 prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars; and

4.3.6.4 functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.3.7. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.3.8. other matters as to which ICANN is authorized to develop new or revised specifications or policies by other provisions of this Agreement.
No Attachment 2 (Delegated Authority) 11. Terms of agreement to be offered by the Registry Operator to ICANN-Accredited Registrars selected by Sponsor, including provisions for fair treatment by the Registry Operator of those registrars, provided that, for so long as the Registry Operator is affiliated with Sponsor, any revenues received by Registry Operator or any affiliated entity in connection with Registry Services are used solely to defray the cost of providing Registry Services or otherwise operating the Sponsored TLD, with allowance for accumulation of reasonable operating reserves. To ensure that all revenues received by the Registry Operator are used solely for the benefit of the community, the Sponsor has the obligation to review and authorize, in a manner consistent with Subsection 4.2, the prices charged by the Registry Operator. In addition, the Sponsor shall not permit the Registry Operator to charge fees for renewal of registrations of Registered Names that exceed the fees then charged for initial registrations of Registered Names. US$5000 3.15. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Sponsor shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.15.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN the quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee for the Sponsored TLD in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed the Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.15.4.

3.15.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Sponsored TLD to be the number of Registered Names, and (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all the TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.15.3. Payments Must be Timely. Sponsor shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Sponsor and ICANN. Sponsor shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.15.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $50,000 per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3. The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.4.
no provision/not addressed No
BIZ restricted uTLD 2001 No 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Registry Operator may, no later than eighteen months prior to the initial Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service. ICANN shall provide an initial response to the Renewal Proposal within thirty days of receiving it and, during a period of at least six months after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal and meet with Registry Operator to discuss the Renewal Proposal, but the decision whether to accept the Renewal Proposal shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.2. Only after the six-month period described in Subsection 5.2.1 may ICANN call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal to such a call. To the extent that the Renewal Proposal demonstrates (i) substantial service in the interests of the Internet community, (ii) enhancement of competition for registration services, and (iii) enhancement of the utility of the DNS, such demonstration shall be among the specific factors considered in ICANN's evaluation of any competing proposals, but the choice from among competing proposals shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.3. In the event a party other than the Registry Operator is selected as the successor registry operator for the Registry TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor registry operator to pay to Registry Operator a Registry Operator Transfer Fee equal to the difference of:

5.2.3.1 the present value, at the Expiration Date (as extended, if applicable), computed using a discount rate equal to the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate ("LIBOR") (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the revenue stream that would be achieved by the successor registry operator from renewal fees during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement for Registered Names on the Expiration Date that have not been continuously under registration during the entire Base Period, assuming that the domain-name registrations are renewed at the time of their expiration for a renewal term and at annual renewal fees and rates described in the next four sentences. The assumed renewal term, fees, and rates shall be based on actual experience within the Registry TLD during a period (the "Benchmark Period") consisting of the eighteen months immediately prior to the Expiration Date. The assumed renewal term shall be the average total term by which registrations of Registered Names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period are extended by renewal during the Benchmark Period. The assumed renewal rate shall be the percentage of names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period that are extended by renewal at least once during the Benchmark Period. The assumed annual renewal fee shall be the lesser of (i) the maximum annual renewal fee that the successor registry operator may charge under its registration agreement and (ii) the average of the annual renewal fees charged by Registry Operator during the Benchmark Period; less

5.2.3.2 the present value, at the Expiration Date, computed using a discount rate equal to the LIBOR (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the expense stream that would result during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement from continued registration of the registrations at the Expiration Date, with the same assumptions regarding renewal rates and terms set forth in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above. For purposes of this calculation, the annual expense of continued registration shall be assumed to be 45% of the assumed annual renewal fee stated in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above.

5.2.3.3 The calculation of present value shall be on a monthly basis with all renewals and expenses occurring in a given month assumed to occur at the end of the month. The Registry Operator Transfer Fee shall be paid, with interest per annum equal to the LIBOR plus three percent, from the Expiration Date, within nine months after the Expiration Date.
Yes 4.1. Registry Operator's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall comply, in its provision of Registry Services, on the schedule provided in Subsection 4.5, with

4.1.1. new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registry Operator is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2. in cases where:

4.1.2.1. this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2. the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2. Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2. functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.2.3. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.2.4. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.2.5. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.2.6. principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.7. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.8. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for domain-name registrants;

4.2.9. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.2.10. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars.
Yes 3.4.3. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (a) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunity to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars) and (b) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G, as adjusted according to Subsections 3.14.5 and 4.4. Registry Operator shall charge no fee to anyone for Registry Services if such fee is not listed on Appendix G. For Registry Services (a) listed on Appendix G without a stated price or (b) introduced more than six months after the Commencement-of-Service Date, Registry Operator may propose to ICANN, no later than thirty days before the commencement of that service, the inclusion in Appendix G of an offering price for the Registry Service. The offering price for the Registry Service shall be included in Appendix G only upon the written consent of ICANN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (ordinarily 30 days or less). US$132k 3.14. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.14.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.14.4.

3.14.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee, and (d) to provide that the number of domain names under administration for the .com, .net, and .org TLDs is the number of second-level domains within those TLDs. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.14.3. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.14.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be [depends on TLD type: US$100,000 for unrestricted and US$80,000 for restricted] per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3 The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3.

3.14.5. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Subsection 4.4) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee.
no provision/not addressed No
CAT sTLD 2005 Yes Section IV.2Renewal. This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the initial term set forth in Section 4.1 above, and following any renewal term, unless: (i) an arbitrator or court has determined that Registry has been in fundamental and material breach of Registry's obligations set forth in Sections 3.1(a), (b), (d) or (e); Section 5.2 or Section 7.3 despite notice and an opportunity to cure in accordance with Article VI hereof and (ii) following the final decision of such arbitrator or court, Registry has failed to correct the conduct found to constitute such breach. Provided, however, that Registry agrees that any renewal of this Agreement is conditioned on its negotiation of renewal terms acceptable to ICANN, including, but not limited to, provisions relating to registry-level fees. Yes Section III.1(b)Consensus Policies.

(i)At all times during the term of this Agreement and subject to the terms hereof, Registry will fully comply with and implement all Consensus Policies, as the same may be applicable to Sponsored TLDs, found at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm, as of the Effective Date and as may in the future be developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws and as set forth below.

(ii)"Consensus Policies" are those specifications or policies established (1) pursuant to the procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws and due process, and (2) covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below. The Consensus Policy development process and procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws may be revised from time to time in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws, and any Consensus Policy that is adopted through such a revised process and covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below shall be considered a Consensus Policy for purposes of this Agreement.

(iii)For all purposes under this Agreement, the policies identified at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm shall be treated in the same manner and have the same effect as "Consensus Policies."

(iv)Consensus Policies and the procedures by which they are developed shall be designed to produce, to the extent possible, a consensus of Internet stakeholders. Consensus Policies shall relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, Security and/or Stability of the Internet or DNS; (2) functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services (as defined in Section 3.1(d)(iii) below); (3) Security and Stability of the registry database for the TLD; (4) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registry operations or registrars; or (5) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names). Such categories of issues referred to in the preceding sentence shall include, without limitation:

(A)principles for allocation of registered names in the TLD (e.g., first-come, first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

(B)prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

(C)reservation of registered names in the TLD that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration);

(D)maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date information concerning domain name registrations;

(E)procedures to avoid disruptions of domain name registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving registered domain names in a TLD affected by such a suspension or termination; and

(F)resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names.
No Appendix S, Part II (Delegated Authority) 11. Pricing of Registry Services. US$10k + US$1.00* Section VII.2Fees to be Paid to ICANN.

(a)Payment Schedule. Registry shall pay the Registry-Level Fees specified in Sections 7.2(b) and (c) below, and Section 7.2(d), if applicable, by the 20th day following the end of each calendar quarter (i.e., on April 20, July 20, October 20 and January 20 for the calendar quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) of the year to an account designated by ICANN. The first quarterly payment of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be prorated from the Effective Date until the end of the calendar quarter in which the Effective Date falls.

(b)Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Commencing on the Effective Date, Registry shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount equal to US$2,500 for each quarter during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2006. Such fee is subject to increase on July 1 of each year thereafter in an amount established by ICANN's Board of Directors, but not to exceed a sum equal to 115% of the prior year's fee. One dollar (USD) of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be waived for each dollar that the Registry-Level Transaction Fee exceeds US$2,000,000 per annum.

(c)Registry-Level Transaction Fee. Commencing as of the Effective Date Registry shall pay ICANN a Registry-Level Transaction Fee in an amount equal to US$1.00 for each annual increment of an initial or renewal domain name registration or for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another during the calendar quarter to which the Registry-Level Transaction Fee pertains. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c), a "domain name registration" shall include a domain name within the registry for the TLD, whether consisting of two or more (e.g., john.smith.name) levels, about which Registry or an affiliate thereof maintains Registry Data. The Registry-Level Transaction fee shall not apply to domain names registered according to those services described in Part VII of Appendix S

(d)Variable Registry-Level Fee. For fiscal quarters in which ICANN does not collect a variable accreditation fee from all registrars, upon receipt of reasonable notice in writing from ICANN of not less than 45 days, Registry shall pay ICANN a Variable Registry-Level Fee. The fee will be calculated by ICANN, paid to ICANN by the Registry in accordance with the Payment Schedule in Section 7.2(a), and the Registry will invoice and collect the fees from the registrars who are party to a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Registry. The fee will consist of two components; each component will be calculated by ICANN for each registrar.

(i)The transactional component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year but shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the registrar level transaction fee as established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(ii)The per-registrar component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year, but the sum of the per registrar fees calculated for all registrars shall not exceed the total Per-Registrar Variable funding established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(e)Interest on Late Payments. For any payments ten days or more overdue, Registry shall pay interest on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.
no provision/not addressed No
COM unrestricted uTLD 2001 Yes 25. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

A. Registry Operator may, no earlier than twenty-four and no later than eighteen months prior to the Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term of four years (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service.

B. ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal for a period of no more than six months before deciding whether to call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. During this six month period, ICANN may request Registry Operator to provide, and Registry Operator shall provide, additional information concerning the Renewal Proposal that ICANN determines to be reasonably necessary to make its decision. Following consideration of the Renewal Proposal, Registry Operator shall be awarded a four-year renewal term unless ICANN demonstrates that: (a) Registry Operator is in material breach of this Registry Agreement, (b) Registry Operator has not provided and will not provide a substantial service to the Internet community in its performance under this Registry Agreement, (c) Registry Operator is not qualified to operate the Registry TLD during the renewal term, or (d) the maximum price for initial and renewal registrations proposed in the Renewal Proposal exceeds the price permitted under Section 22 of this Registry Agreement. The terms of the registry agreement for the renewal term shall be in substantial conformity with the terms of registry agreements between ICANN and operators of other open TLDs then in effect, provided that this Section 25 shall be included in any renewed Registry Agreement unless Registry Operator and ICANN mutually agree to alternative language.

C. In the event that ICANN fails to award a renewal registry agreement to Registry Operator within the six month period described above, Registry Operator shall have the right to challenge the reasonableness of that failure under the provisions of Section 15.

D. In the event ICANN does not award Registry Operator a renewal registry agreement according to Subsection 25(B), ICANN shall call for competitive proposals and Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal in response to such a call and to be considered for such award.
Yes SectionII.3.A(ii) Registry Operator shall comply, in its operation of the registry, with all Consensus Policies insofar as they:

(a) are adopted by ICANN in compliance with Section 4 below,

(b) relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability and/or stable operation of the Internet or DNS, (2) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars, or (3) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names), and

(c) do not unreasonably restrain competition.
Yes 22. Price for Registry Services.

A. The price(s) to ICANN-accredited registrars for entering initial and renewal domain name registrations into the Registry Database and for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another will be as set forth in Section 5 of the Registry-Registrar Agreement (attached as Appendix F). These prices shall be increased through an amendment to this Agreement as approved by ICANN and Registry Operator, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld, to reflect reasonably demonstrated increases in the net costs of providing Registry Services arising from (i) new or revised ICANN specifications or policies adopted after the Effective Date, or (ii) legislation specifically applicable to the provision of Registry Services adopted after the Effective Date, to ensure that Registry Operator recovers such costs and a reasonable profit thereon; provided that such increases exceed any reductions in costs arising from (i) or (ii) above.

B. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-accredited registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (i) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-accredited registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunities to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-accredited registrars) and (ii) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G.
US$150k 7. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

A. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 7(D).

B. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, and (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

C. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

D. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$ 100,000 per year until and including June 30, 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount through the establishment of Consensus Policies as set forth in Definition 1 and Section 3 of this Agreement. The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any June 30 during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$ 5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount through the establishment of Consensus Policies as set forth in Definition 1 and Section 3 of this Agreement.

E. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Section 22(a)) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee. The adjustments permitted by this Subsection 7(E) shall only apply for periods of time as to which the Registry Operator does not have in effect a provision in its Registry-Registrar Agreement permitting it to require ICANN-Accredited Registrars to pay to Registry Operator a portion of Registry Operator's payments of variable registry-level fees to ICANN.
no provision/not addressed Appendix W 2. Research, Development and Infrastructure Improvements

During the period between the Effective Date of this Agreement and December 31, 2010, Registry Operator agrees to expend a minimum of US$200,000,000 for research, development, and infrastructure improvements to the .com, .net, and .org Registries (the "Improvements"). The intent of the Improvements is to increase the efficiency and stability of the .com, .net and .org Registries. Registry Operator shall ensure that a substantial portion of expenditures for the Improvements occurs prior to November 10, 2007. Registry Operator shall provide ICANN with an annual report on this research and development activity.

Registry Operator agrees that one of the early goals of the Improvements is to design and develop a Universal Whois Service that will allow public access and effective use of Whois across all Registries and all TLDs. Registry Operator shall commence research and development of the Universal Whois Service no later than December 31, 2001. Registry Operator shall, insofar as is reasonably possible in view of Registry Operator's dependence on the cooperation of third parties, strive to achieve significant progress in implementing the Universal Whois Service by December 31, 2002.

Registry Operator further agrees that if it successfully designs and develops the Universal Whois Service it will (a) make the Application Program Interfaces necessary to produce software which can efficiently deploy and use the Universal Whois Service available to applications developers on an open, non-proprietary, standards-based and royalty-free basis, and (b) make the Universal Whois Service available at a standardized reasonable fee to be negotiated with ICANN.
COOP sTLD 2001 Yes 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Sponsor may, no earlier than eighteen and no later than twelve months prior to the Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the continuation of its sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD for an additional term of five years (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a report of the Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD and include a description of its effectiveness in meeting the needs of the Sponsored TLD Community, proposed additions to or deletions from (a) the Charter and (b) the delegation of policy-development responsibility from ICANN to sponsor, and a certification that the Sponsor has complied with all material terms of this Agreement or, where that is not the case, a description of any failure to comply. During a period of at least thirty days after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall post the Renewal Proposal for public comment.

5.2.2. If ICANN does not receive, within forty-five days after the Renewal Proposal is posted under Subsection 5.2.1, any objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5.

5.2.3. If ICANN receives, within the forty-five day period described in Subsection 5.2.2, one or more objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall commence a staff evaluation of whether (and, if so, on what terms) a continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community. The evaluation shall include consideration of whether the Sponsor continues to be representative of the Sponsored TLD Community, whether a different Sponsor would be more representative, the presence or absence of material breaches of this Agreement by Sponsor, and other information that is relevant to the determination of whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.4. A report of the staff evaluation shall be posted and the public and the Sponsor shall be afforded at least thirty days to comment. After the completion of that comment period, the ICANN Board shall evaluate Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD. The ICANN Board shall consider, among other things, the Renewal Proposal, the staff evaluation, and public comments. ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5 unless the ICANN Board determines, by a two-thirds vote of those voting, that continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is not in the interest of the the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.5. The terms of any extension of this Agreement shall be substantially consistent with the terms of agreements between ICANN and sponsors of other Sponsored TLDs then in effect.

5.2.6. In the event that a person or entity other than the Sponsor is selected as the successor sponsor for the Sponsored TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor sponsor to pay to Sponsor within sixty (60) days after the Expiration Date the actual cost the Sponsor can evidence in reasonably adjusting to the change of sponsorship, such as payment of early termination fees for any contracts, leases, loans, or other obligations and severance pay for employees, but in no event shall the amount be less than US $200,000. This liquidated amount reflects a reasonable estimate of those costs which would likely be difficult to assess definitively at the time of change in sponsorship.
Yes 4.3. Topics for New and Revised ICANN Specifications and Policies. ICANN may establish new and revised specifications and policies applicable to the Sponsored TLD, according to the procedure stated in Subsection 4.4, on the following topics:

4.3.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.3.2. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.3.3. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a sponsor, registry operator, or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.3.4. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for Registered Name Holders and Registered Names;

4.3.5. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars;

4.3.6. except to the extent policy-development responsibility is delegated to Sponsor by Attachment 2, the following topics:

4.3.6.1 resolution of disputes regarding whether the particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.3.6.2 principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., landrush procedures, timely renewal requirements, holding period after expiration);

4.3.6.3 prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars; and

4.3.6.4 functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.3.7. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.3.8. other matters as to which ICANN is authorized to develop new or revised specifications or policies by other provisions of this Agreement.
No Attachment 2 (Delegated Authority) 8. Functional and performance specifications for, and pricing of, Registry Services. US$5000 3.15. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Sponsor shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.15.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN the quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee for the Sponsored TLD in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed the Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.15.4.

3.15.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Sponsored TLD to be the number of Registered Names, and (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all the TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.15.3. Payments Must be Timely. Sponsor shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Sponsor and ICANN. Sponsor shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.15.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $50,000 per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3. The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.4.
no provision/not addressed No
INFO unrestricted uTLD 2001 No 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Registry Operator may, no later than eighteen months prior to the initial Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service. ICANN shall provide an initial response to the Renewal Proposal within thirty days of receiving it and, during a period of at least six months after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal and meet with Registry Operator to discuss the Renewal Proposal, but the decision whether to accept the Renewal Proposal shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.2. Only after the six-month period described in Subsection 5.2.1 may ICANN call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal to such a call. To the extent that the Renewal Proposal demonstrates (i) substantial service in the interests of the Internet community, (ii) enhancement of competition for registration services, and (iii) enhancement of the utility of the DNS, such demonstration shall be among the specific factors considered in ICANN's evaluation of any competing proposals, but the choice from among competing proposals shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.3. In the event a party other than the Registry Operator is selected as the successor registry operator for the Registry TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor registry operator to pay to Registry Operator a Registry Operator Transfer Fee equal to the difference of:

5.2.3.1 the present value, at the Expiration Date (as extended, if applicable), computed using a discount rate equal to the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate ("LIBOR") (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the revenue stream that would be achieved by the successor registry operator from renewal fees during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement for Registered Names on the Expiration Date that have not been continuously under registration during the entire Base Period, assuming that the domain-name registrations are renewed at the time of their expiration for a renewal term and at annual renewal fees and rates described in the next four sentences. The assumed renewal term, fees, and rates shall be based on actual experience within the Registry TLD during a period (the "Benchmark Period") consisting of the eighteen months immediately prior to the Expiration Date. The assumed renewal term shall be the average total term by which registrations of Registered Names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period are extended by renewal during the Benchmark Period. The assumed renewal rate shall be the percentage of names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period that are extended by renewal at least once during the Benchmark Period. The assumed annual renewal fee shall be the lesser of (i) the maximum annual renewal fee that the successor registry operator may charge under its registration agreement and (ii) the average of the annual renewal fees charged by Registry Operator during the Benchmark Period; less

5.2.3.2 the present value, at the Expiration Date, computed using a discount rate equal to the LIBOR (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the expense stream that would result during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement from continued registration of the registrations at the Expiration Date, with the same assumptions regarding renewal rates and terms set forth in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above. For purposes of this calculation, the annual expense of continued registration shall be assumed to be 45% of the assumed annual renewal fee stated in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above.

5.2.3.3 The calculation of present value shall be on a monthly basis with all renewals and expenses occurring in a given month assumed to occur at the end of the month. The Registry Operator Transfer Fee shall be paid, with interest per annum equal to the LIBOR plus three percent, from the Expiration Date, within nine months after the Expiration Date.
Yes 4.1. Registry Operator's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall comply, in its provision of Registry Services, on the schedule provided in Subsection 4.5, with

4.1.1. new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registry Operator is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2. in cases where:

4.1.2.1. this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2. the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2. Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2. functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.2.3. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.2.4. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.2.5. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.2.6. principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.7. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.8. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for domain-name registrants;

4.2.9. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.2.10. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars.
Yes 3.4.3. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (a) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunity to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars) and (b) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G, as adjusted according to Subsections 3.14.5 and 4.4. Registry Operator shall charge no fee to anyone for Registry Services if such fee is not listed on Appendix G. For Registry Services (a) listed on Appendix G without a stated price or (b) introduced more than six months after the Commencement-of-Service Date, Registry Operator may propose to ICANN, no later than thirty days before the commencement of that service, the inclusion in Appendix G of an offering price for the Registry Service. The offering price for the Registry Service shall be included in Appendix G only upon the written consent of ICANN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (ordinarily 30 days or less). US$150k 3.14. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.14.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.14.4.

3.14.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee, and (d) to provide that the number of domain names under administration for the .com, .net, and .org TLDs is the number of second-level domains within those TLDs. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.14.3. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.14.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be [depends on TLD type: US$100,000 for unrestricted and US$80,000 for restricted] per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3 The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3.

3.14.5. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Subsection 4.4) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee.
no provision/not addressed No
JOBS sTLD 2005 Yes Section 4.2 Renewal. This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the initial term set forth in Section 4.1 above, and following any renewal term, unless: (i) an arbitrator or court has determined that Registry Operator has been in fundamental and material breach of Registry Operator's obligations set forth in Sections 3.1(a), (b), (d) or (e); Section 5.2 or Section 7.3 despite notice and an opportunity to cure in accordance with Article VI hereof and (ii) following the decision of such arbitrator or court, Registry Operator has failed to correct the conduct found to constitute such breach. Provided, however, that Registry Operator agrees that any renewal of this Agreement is conditioned on its negotiation of renewal terms reasonably acceptable to ICANN, including, but not limited to, provisions relating to registry-level fees. Yes Section 3.1 (b) Consensus Policies.

(i) At all times during the term of this Agreement and subject to the terms hereof, Registry Operator will fully comply with and implement all Consensus Policies found at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm, as of the Effective Date and as may in the future be developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws and as set forth below.

(ii) "Consensus Policies" are those specifications or policies established (1) pursuant to the procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws and due process, and (2) covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below. The Consensus Policy development process and procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws may be revised from time to time in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws, and any Consensus Policy that is adopted through such a revised process and covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below shall be considered a Consensus Policy for purposes of this Agreement.

(iii) For all purposes under this Agreement, the policies identified at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm shall be treated in the same manner and have the same effect as "Consensus Policies."

(iv) Consensus Policies and the procedures by which they are developed shall be designed to produce, to the extent possible, a consensus of Internet stakeholders. Consensus Policies shall relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, Security and/or Stability of the Internet or DNS; (2) functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services (as defined in Section 3.1(d)(iii) below); (3) Security and Stability of the registry database for the TLD; (4) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registry operations or registrars; or (5) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names). Such categories of issues referred to in the preceding sentence shall include, without limitation:

(A) principles for allocation of registered names in the TLD (e.g., first-come, first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

(B) prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

(C) reservation of registered names in the TLD that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration);

(D) maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date information concerning domain name registrations;

(E) procedures to avoid disruptions of domain name registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving registered domain names in a TLD affected by such a suspension or termination; and

(F) resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names.
No Appendix S ,Part II (Delegated Authority) 8. Functional and performance specifications for, and pricing of, Registry Services. US$10k + US$2.00* Section 7.2 Fees to be Paid to ICANN.

(a) Payment Schedule. Registry Operator shall pay the Registry-Level Fees specified in Sections 7.2(b) and (c) below, and Section 7.2(d), if applicable, by the 20th day following the end of each calendar quarter (i.e., on April 20, July 20, October 20 and January 20 for the calendar quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) of the year to an account designated by ICANN. The first quarterly payment of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be pro-rated from the Effective Date until the end of the calendar quarter in which the Effective Date falls.

(b) Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Commencing on the Effective Date, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount equal to US$2,500 for each quarter during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2006. Such fee is subject to increase on July 1 of each year thereafter in an amount established by ICANN's Board of Directors, but not to exceed a sum equal to 115% of the prior year's fee. One dollar (USD) of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be waived for each dollar that the Registry-Level Transaction Fee exceeds US$2,000,000 per annum.

(c) Registry-Level Transaction Fee. Commencing as of the Effective Date, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a Registry-Level Transaction Fee in an amount equal to US$2.00 for each annual increment of an initial or renewal domain name registration or for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another during the calendar quarter to which the Registry-Level Transaction Fee pertains. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c), a "domain name registration" shall include a domain name within the registry for the TLD, whether consisting of two or more (e.g., john.smith.name) levels, about which Registry Operator or an affiliate thereof maintains Registry Data.

(d) Variable Registry-Level Fee. For fiscal quarters in which ICANN does not collect a variable accreditation fee from all registrars, upon receipt of reasonable notice in writing from ICANN of not less than 45 days, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a Variable Registry-Level Fee. The fee will be calculated by ICANN, paid to ICANN by the Registry Operator in accordance with the Payment Schedule in Section 7.2(a), and the Registry Operator will invoice and collect the fees from the registrars who are party to a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Registry Operator. The fee will consist of two components; each component will be calculated by ICANN for each registrar:

(i) The transactional component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year but shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the registrar level transaction fee as established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(ii) The per-registrar component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year, but the sum of the per-registrar fees calculated for all registrars shall not exceed the total Per-Registrar Variable funding established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(e) Interest on Late Payments. For any payments ten days or more overdue, Registry Operator shall pay interest on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.
no provision/not addressed No
MOBI sTLD 2005 Yes Section 4.2 Renewal. This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the term set forth in Section 4.1 above and each renewal term, unless : (i) an arbitrator or court has determined that Registry Operator has been in fundamental and material breach of Registry Operator’s obligations set forth in Sections 3.1(a), (b), (d) or (e); Section 5.2 or Section 7.3 and (ii) following the final decision of such arbitrator or court, Registry Operator has failed to comply within ten days with the decision of the arbitrator or court, or within such other time period as may be prescribed by the arbitrator or court. Upon renewal, in the event that the terms of this Agreement are not similar to the terms generally in effect in the Registry Agreements of the five TLDs most reasonably comparable to .mobi (provided, however, that if less than five TLDs shall be reasonably comparable, then comparison shall be made with such lesser number), renewal shall be upon terms reasonably necessary to render the terms of this Agreement similar to such terms in the Registry Agreements for those other TLDs. Upon renewal, Registry Fees payable to ICANN may be reasonably modified so long as any increase in such fees shall not exceed the average of the percentage increase in Registry Fees for the five most reasonably comparable TLDs (or such lesser number as provided above), during the prior three-year period. Yes Section 3.1 (b) Consensus Policies.

i. At all times during the term of this Agreement and subject to the terms hereof, Registry Operator will fully comply with and implement all Consensus Policies as the same may be applicable to sponsored TLDs, found at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm, as of the Effective Date and as may in the future be developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN’s Bylaws and as set forth below.

ii. "Consensus Policies" are those specifications or policies established (1) pursuant to the policy development procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws and due process, and (2) covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below. The policy development process and procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws may be revised from time to time in accordance with ICANN’s Bylaws, and any Consensus Policy that is adopted through such a revised process and covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below shall be considered a Consensus Policy for purposes of this Agreement.

iii. For all purposes under this Agreement, the policies identified at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm as of the date hereof shall be treated in the same manner and have the same effect as "Consensus Policies."

iv. Consensus Policies and the procedures by which they are developed shall be designed to produce, to the extent possible, a consensus of Internet stakeholders. Consensus Policies shall relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, Security and/or Stability of the Internet or DNS; (2) functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services (as defined in Section 3.1(d)(iii) below); (3) Security and Stability of the registry database for the TLD; (4) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registry operations or registrars; or (5) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names). Such categories of issues referred to in the preceding sentence shall include, without limitation:

A. principles for allocation of registered names in the TLD (e.g., first-come, first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

B. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

C. reservation of registered names in the TLD that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration);

D. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date information concerning domain name registrations;

E. procedures to avoid disruptions of domain name registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving registered domain names in a TLD affected by such a suspension or termination; and

F. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names.
No Appendix S ,Part II (Delegated Authority) 3.1 Pricing. US$0.75* Section 7.2 Fees to be Paid to ICANN.

Payment Schedule. Registry shall pay the Registry-Level Fees specified in Sections 7.2(b) and (c) below, and Section 7.2(d), if applicable, by the 20th day following the end of each calendar quarter (i.e., on April 20, July 20, October 20 and January 20 for the calendar quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) of the year to an account designated by ICANN. The first quarterly payment of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be pro-rated from the Effective Date until the end of the calendar quarter in which the Effective Date falls.

Registry-Level Transaction Fee. Commencing as of the Effective Date, Registry shall pay ICANN a Registry-Level Transaction Fee in an amount equal to US$0.75 for each annual increment of an initial or renewal (including renewals associated with transfers from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another) domain name registration during the calendar quarter to which the Registry-Level Transaction Fee pertains. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c), a “domain name registration” shall include a domain name within the registry for the TLD, whether consisting of two or more (e.g., john.smith.name) levels, about which Registry or an affiliate thereof maintains Registry Data on behalf of Registry Operator.

Variable Registry-Level Fee. For fiscal quarters in which ICANN does not collect a variable accreditation fee from all registrars, upon receipt of reasonable notice in writing from ICANN of not less than 45 days, Registry shall pay ICANN a Variable Registry-Level Fee. The fee will be calculated by ICANN, paid to ICANN by the Registry in accordance with the Payment Schedule in Section 7.2(a), and the Registry will invoice and collect the fees from the registrars who are party to a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Registry. The fee will consist of two components; each component will be calculated by ICANN for each registrar:

The transactional component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year but shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the registrar level transaction fee as established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

The per-registrar component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year, but the sum of the per-registrar fees calculated for all registrars shall not exceed the total Per-Registrar Variable funding established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

Interest on Late Payments. For any payments ten days or more overdue, Registry shall pay interest on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.
no provision/not addressed No
MUSEUM sTLD 2001 Yes 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Sponsor may, no earlier than eighteen and no later than twelve months prior to the Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the continuation of its sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD for an additional term of five years (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a report of the Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD and include a description of its effectiveness in meeting the needs of the Sponsored TLD Community, proposed additions to or deletions from (a) the Charter and (b) the delegation of policy-development responsibility from ICANN to sponsor, and a certification that the Sponsor has complied with all material terms of this Agreement or, where that is not the case, a description of any failure to comply. During a period of at least thirty days after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall post the Renewal Proposal for public comment.

5.2.2. If ICANN does not receive, within forty-five days after the Renewal Proposal is posted under Subsection 5.2.1, any objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5.

5.2.3. If ICANN receives, within the forty-five day period described in Subsection 5.2.2, one or more objection(s) to renewal deemed by ICANN to raise a substantial question about whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community, ICANN shall commence a staff evaluation of whether (and, if so, on what terms) a continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community. The evaluation shall include consideration of whether the Sponsor continues to be representative of the Sponsored TLD Community, whether a different Sponsor would be more representative, the presence or absence of material breaches of this Agreement by Sponsor, and other information that is relevant to the determination of whether the Sponsor's continued sponsorship would be in the best interest of the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.4. A report of the staff evaluation shall be posted and the public and the Sponsor shall be afforded at least thirty days to comment. After the completion of that comment period, the ICANN Board shall evaluate Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD. The ICANN Board shall consider, among other things, the Renewal Proposal, the staff evaluation, and public comments. ICANN shall offer to enter into a new TLD Sponsorship Agreement with Sponsor on the terms described by Subsection 5.2.5 unless the ICANN Board determines, by a two-thirds vote of those voting, that continuation of Sponsor's sponsorship of the Sponsored TLD is not in the interest of the the Sponsored TLD Community and the global Internet community.

5.2.5. The terms of any extension of this Agreement shall be substantially consistent with the terms of agreements between ICANN and sponsors of other Sponsored TLDs then in effect.

5.2.6. In the event that a person or entity other than the Sponsor is selected as the successor sponsor for the Sponsored TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor sponsor to pay to Sponsor within sixty (60) days after the Expiration Date the actual cost the Sponsor can evidence in reasonably adjusting to the change of sponsorship, such as payment of early termination fees for any contracts, leases, loans, or other obligations and severance pay for employees, but in no event shall the amount be less than US $200,000. This liquidated amount reflects a reasonable estimate of those costs which would likely be difficult to assess definitively at the time of change in sponsorship.
Yes 4.3. Topics for New and Revised ICANN Specifications and Policies. ICANN may establish new and revised specifications and policies applicable to the Sponsored TLD, according to the procedure stated in Subsection 4.4, on the following topics:

4.3.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.3.2. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.3.3. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a sponsor, registry operator, or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.3.4. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for Registered Name Holders and Registered Names;

4.3.5. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars;

4.3.6. except to the extent policy-development responsibility is delegated to Sponsor by Attachment 2, the following topics:

4.3.6.1 resolution of disputes regarding whether the particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.3.6.2 principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., landrush procedures, timely renewal requirements, holding period after expiration);

4.3.6.3 prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars; and

4.3.6.4 functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.3.7. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.3.8. other matters as to which ICANN is authorized to develop new or revised specifications or policies by other provisions of this Agreement.
No Attachment 2 (Delegated Authority) 8. Functional and performance specifications for, and pricing of, Registry Services. US$5000 3.15. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Sponsor shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.15.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN the quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee for the Sponsored TLD in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed the Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.15.4.

3.15.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Sponsor shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Sponsored TLD to be the number of Registered Names, and (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all the TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.15.3. Payments Must be Timely. Sponsor shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Sponsor and ICANN. Sponsor shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.15.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $50,000 per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3. The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US $5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.4.
no provision/not addressed No
NAME restricted uTLD 2001 No 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Registry Operator may, no later than eighteen months prior to the initial Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service. ICANN shall provide an initial response to the Renewal Proposal within thirty days of receiving it and, during a period of at least six months after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal and meet with Registry Operator to discuss the Renewal Proposal, but the decision whether to accept the Renewal Proposal shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.2. Only after the six-month period described in Subsection 5.2.1 may ICANN call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal to such a call. To the extent that the Renewal Proposal demonstrates (i) substantial service in the interests of the Internet community, (ii) enhancement of competition for registration services, and (iii) enhancement of the utility of the DNS, such demonstration shall be among the specific factors considered in ICANN's evaluation of any competing proposals, but the choice from among competing proposals shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.3. In the event a party other than the Registry Operator is selected as the successor registry operator for the Registry TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor registry operator to pay to Registry Operator a Registry Operator Transfer Fee equal to the difference of:

5.2.3.1 the present value, at the Expiration Date (as extended, if applicable), computed using a discount rate equal to the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate ("LIBOR") (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the revenue stream that would be achieved by the successor registry operator from renewal fees during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement for Registered Names on the Expiration Date that have not been continuously under registration during the entire Base Period, assuming that the domain-name registrations are renewed at the time of their expiration for a renewal term and at annual renewal fees and rates described in the next four sentences. The assumed renewal term, fees, and rates shall be based on actual experience within the Registry TLD during a period (the "Benchmark Period") consisting of the eighteen months immediately prior to the Expiration Date. The assumed renewal term shall be the average total term by which registrations of Registered Names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period are extended by renewal during the Benchmark Period. The assumed renewal rate shall be the percentage of names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period that are extended by renewal at least once during the Benchmark Period. The assumed annual renewal fee shall be the lesser of (i) the maximum annual renewal fee that the successor registry operator may charge under its registration agreement and (ii) the average of the annual renewal fees charged by Registry Operator during the Benchmark Period; less

5.2.3.2 the present value, at the Expiration Date, computed using a discount rate equal to the LIBOR (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the expense stream that would result during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement from continued registration of the registrations at the Expiration Date, with the same assumptions regarding renewal rates and terms set forth in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above. For purposes of this calculation, the annual expense of continued registration shall be assumed to be 45% of the assumed annual renewal fee stated in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above.

5.2.3.3 The calculation of present value shall be on a monthly basis with all renewals and expenses occurring in a given month assumed to occur at the end of the month. The Registry Operator Transfer Fee shall be paid, with interest per annum equal to the LIBOR plus three percent, from the Expiration Date, within nine months after the Expiration Date.
Yes 4.1. Registry Operator's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall comply, in its provision of Registry Services, on the schedule provided in Subsection 4.5, with

4.1.1. new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registry Operator is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2. in cases where:

4.1.2.1. this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2. the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2. Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2. functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.2.3. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.2.4. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.2.5. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.2.6. principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.7. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.8. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for domain-name registrants;

4.2.9. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.2.10. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars.
Yes 3.4.3. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (a) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunity to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars) and (b) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G, as adjusted according to Subsections 3.14.5 and 4.4. Registry Operator shall charge no fee to anyone for Registry Services if such fee is not listed on Appendix G. For Registry Services (a) listed on Appendix G without a stated price or (b) introduced more than six months after the Commencement-of-Service Date, Registry Operator may propose to ICANN, no later than thirty days before the commencement of that service, the inclusion in Appendix G of an offering price for the Registry Service. The offering price for the Registry Service shall be included in Appendix G only upon the written consent of ICANN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (ordinarily 30 days or less). US$132k 3.14. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.14.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.14.4.

3.14.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee, and (d) to provide that the number of domain names under administration for the .com, .net, and .org TLDs is the number of second-level domains within those TLDs. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.14.3. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.14.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be [depends on TLD type: US$100,000 for unrestricted and US$80,000 for restricted] per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3 The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3.

3.14.5. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Subsection 4.4) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee.
no provision/not addressed No
NET restricted uTLD 2005 Yes Section 4.2 Renewal. This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the initial term set forth in Section 4.1 above and each later term, unless the following has occurred : (i) following notice of breach to Registry Operator in accordance with Section 6.1 and failure to cure such breach within the time period prescribed in Section 6.1, an arbitrator or court has determined that Registry Operator has been in fundamental and material breach of Registry Operator's obligations set forth in Sections 3.1(a), (b), (d) or (e); Section 5.2 or Section 7.3 and (ii) following the final decision of such arbitrator or court, Registry Operator has failed to comply within ten days with the decision of the arbitrator or court, or within such other time period as may be prescribed by the arbitrator or court. Upon renewal, in the event that the terms of this Agreement are not similar to the terms generally in effect in the Registry Agreements of the 5 largest gTLDs (determined by the number of domain name registrations under management at the time of renewal), renewal shall be upon terms reasonably necessary to render the terms of this Agreement similar to such terms in the Registry Agreements for those other gTLDs. The preceding sentence, however, shall not apply to the terms of this Agreement regarding the price of Registry Services; the standards for the consideration of proposed Registry Services, including the definitions of Security and Stability and the standards applied by ICANN in the consideration process; the terms or conditions for the renewal or termination of this Agreement; ICANN's obligations to Registry Operator under Section 3.2 (a), (b), and (c); the limitations on Consensus Policies or Temporary Specifications or Policies; the definition of Registry Services; or the terms of Section 7.3. Upon renewal, Registry-Level Transaction Fees may be reasonably modified so long as any increase in such fees shall not exceed the average of the percentage increase in Registry-Level Transaction Fees for the 5 largest gTLDs (determined as above), during the prior three-year period. Yes Section3.1(b) Consensus Policies.

(i) At all times during the term of this Agreement and subject to the terms hereof, Registry Operator will fully comply with and implement all Consensus Policies found at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm, as of the Effective Date and as may in the future be developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws and as set forth below.

(ii) "Consensus Policies" are those specifications or policies established (1) pursuant to the procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws and due process, and (2) covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below. The Consensus Policy development process and procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws may be revised from time to time in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws, and any Consensus Policy that is adopted through such a revised process and covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b)(iv) below shall be considered a Consensus Policy for purposes of this Agreement.

(iii) For all purposes under this Agreement, the policies identified at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm shall be treated in the same manner and have the same effect as "Consensus Policies."

(iv) Consensus Policies and the procedures by which they are developed shall be designed to produce, to the extent possible, a consensus of Internet stakeholders, including the operators of gTLDs. Consensus Policies shall relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, Security and/or Stability of the Internet or DNS; (2) functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services (as defined in Section 3.1(d)(iii) below); (3) Security and Stability of the registry database for the TLD; (4) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registry operations or registrars; or (5) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names). Such categories of issues referred to in the preceding sentence shall include, without limitation:

(A) principles for allocation of registered names in the TLD (e.g., first-come, first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

(B) prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

(C) reservation of registered names in the TLD that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration);

(D) maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date information concerning domain name registrations;

(E) procedures to avoid disruptions of domain name registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving registered domain names in a TLD affected by such a suspension or termination; and

(F) resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names.

(v) In addition to the other limitations on Consensus Policies, they shall not:

(A) prescribe or limit the price of Registry Services;

(B) modify the standards for the consideration of proposed Registry Services, including the definitions of Security and Stability (set forth below) and the standards applied by ICANN;

(C) for three years following the Effective Date, modify the procedure for the consideration of proposed Registry Services;

(D) modify the terms or conditions for the renewal or termination of this Agreement;

(E) modify ICANN's obligations to Registry Operator under Section 3.2 (a), (b), and (c);

(F) modify the limitations on Consensus Policies or Temporary Specifications or Policies;

(G) modify the definition of Registry Services;

(H) modify the terms of Sections 7.2 and 7.3, below; and

(I) alter services that have been implemented pursuant to Section 3.1(d) of this Agreement (unless justified by compelling and just cause based on Security and Stability).
Yes* Section 7.3 Pricing for Domain Name Registrations and Registry Services.

(a) Pricing. From 1 July 2005 through 31 December 2006, the price to ICANN-accredited registrars for new and renewal domain name registrations and for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another, shall not exceed a total fee of US$4.25, which fee consists of (A) a Registry Operator service fee (“Service Fee”) equal to US$3.50, and (B) an ICANN fee equal to US$0.75. On 1 January 2007, the controls on Registry Operator’s pricing set forth in this Section 7.3(a) shall be eliminated. Commencing on 1 January 2007, the Service Fee charged during a calendar year for each annual increment of a new and renewal domain name registration and for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another, shall not exceed the highest Service Fee charged during the preceding calendar year multiplied by 1.10. The same Service Fee shall be charged to all ICANN-accredited registrars. Volume discounts and marketing support and incentive programs may be made if the same opportunities to qualify for those discounts and marketing support and incentive programs is available to all ICANN-accredited registrars.

(b) Adjustments to Pricing for Domain Name Registrations. Registry Operator shall provide no less than six months prior notice in advance of any price increase for domain name registrations and shall continue to offer domain name registrations for periods of up to ten years.
US$0.75* Section 7.2 Fees to be Paid to ICANN.

(a) Registry-Level Transaction Fee. Commencing on 1 July 2005, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a Registry-Level Transaction Fee in an amount equal to US$0.75 for each annual increment of an initial or renewal domain name registration and for transferring a domain name registration from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another during the calendar quarter to which the Registry-Level Transaction Fee pertains. ICANN intends to apply this fee to purposes including: (a) a special restricted fund for developing country Internet communities to enable further participation in the ICANN mission by developing country stakeholders, (b) a special restricted fund to enhance and facilitate the security and stability of the DNS, and (c) general operating funds to support ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the DNS.

(b) Payment Schedule. Registry Operator shall pay the Registry-Level Fees specified in Sections 7.2(a) and (c), and Section 7.2(d), if applicable, by the 20th day following the end of each calendar quarter (i.e., on April 20, July 20, October 20 and January 20 for the calendar quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) of the year to an account designated by ICANN.

(c) Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Commencing on 1 July 2005, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount equal to US$37,950 for each quarter during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2006. Such fee is subject to increase on July 1 of each year thereafter in an amount established by ICANN's Board of Directors, but not to exceed a sum equal to 115% of the prior year's fee. One dollar (USD) of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be waived for each dollar that the Registry-Level Transaction Fee exceeds US$2,000,000 per annum.

(d) Variable Registry-Level Fee. For fiscal quarters in which ICANN does not collect a variable accreditation fee from all registrars, upon receipt of written notice from ICANN, Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a Variable Registry-Level Fee. The fee will be calculated by ICANN, paid to ICANN by the Registry Operator in accordance with the Payment Schedule in Section 7.2(b), and the Registry Operator will invoice and collect the fees from the registrars who are party to a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Registry Operator. The fee will consist of two components; each component will be calculated by ICANN for each registrar:

(i) The transactional component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year but shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the registrar level transaction fee as established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(ii) The per-registrar component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year, but the sum of the per-registrar fees calculated for all registrars shall not exceed the total Per-Registrar Variable funding established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(e) Interest on Late Payments. For any payments ten days or more overdue, Registry Operator shall pay interest on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.
no provision/not addressed No
ORG unrestricted uTLD 2003 No 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Registry Operator may, no later than eighteen months prior to the initial Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service. ICANN shall provide an initial response to the Renewal Proposal within thirty days of receiving it and, during a period of at least six months after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal and meet with Registry Operator to discuss the Renewal Proposal, but the decision whether to accept the Renewal Proposal shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.2. Only after the six-month period described in Subsection 5.2.1 may ICANN call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal to such a call. To the extent that the Renewal Proposal demonstrates (i) substantial service in the interests of the Internet community, (ii) enhancement of competition for registration services, and (iii) enhancement of the utility of the DNS, such demonstration shall be among the specific factors considered in ICANN's evaluation of any competing proposals, but the choice from among competing proposals shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.3. In the event a party other than the Registry Operator is selected as the successor registry operator for the Registry TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor registry operator to pay to Registry Operator a Registry Operator Transfer Fee equal to the difference of:

5.2.3.1 the present value, at the Expiration Date (as extended, if applicable), computed using a discount rate equal to the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate ("LIBOR") (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the revenue stream that would be achieved by the successor registry operator from renewal fees during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement for Registered Names on the Expiration Date that have not been continuously under registration during the entire Base Period, assuming that the domain-name registrations are renewed at the time of their expiration for a renewal term and at annual renewal fees and rates described in the next four sentences. The assumed renewal term, fees, and rates shall be based on actual experience within the Registry TLD during a period (the "Benchmark Period") consisting of the eighteen months immediately prior to the Expiration Date. The assumed renewal term shall be the average total term by which registrations of Registered Names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period are extended by renewal during the Benchmark Period. The assumed renewal rate shall be the percentage of names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period that are extended by renewal at least once during the Benchmark Period. The assumed annual renewal fee shall be the lesser of (i) the maximum annual renewal fee that the successor registry operator may charge under its registration agreement and (ii) the average of the annual renewal fees charged by Registry Operator during the Benchmark Period; less

5.2.3.2 the present value, at the Expiration Date, computed using a discount rate equal to the LIBOR (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the expense stream that would result during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement from continued registration of the registrations at the Expiration Date, with the same assumptions regarding renewal rates and terms set forth in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above. For purposes of this calculation, the annual expense of continued registration shall be assumed to be 45% of the assumed annual renewal fee stated in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above.

5.2.3.3 The calculation of present value shall be on a monthly basis with all renewals and expenses occurring in a given month assumed to occur at the end of the month. The Registry Operator Transfer Fee shall be paid, with interest per annum equal to the LIBOR plus three percent, from the Expiration Date, within nine months after the Expiration Date.
Yes 4.1. Registry Operator's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall comply, in its provision of Registry Services, on the schedule provided in Subsection 4.5, with

4.1.1. new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registry Operator is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2. in cases where:

4.1.2.1. this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2. the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2. Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2. functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.2.3. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.2.4. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.2.5. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.2.6. principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.7. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.8. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for domain-name registrants;

4.2.9. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.2.10. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars.
Yes 3.4.3. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (a) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunity to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars) and (b) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G, as adjusted according to Subsections 3.14.5 and 4.4. Registry Operator shall charge no fee to anyone for Registry Services if such fee is not listed on Appendix G. For Registry Services (a) listed on Appendix G without a stated price or (b) introduced more than six months after the Commencement-of-Service Date, Registry Operator may propose to ICANN, no later than thirty days before the commencement of that service, the inclusion in Appendix G of an offering price for the Registry Service. The offering price for the Registry Service shall be included in Appendix G only upon the written consent of ICANN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (ordinarily 30 days or less). US$150k 3.14. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.14.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.14.4.

3.14.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee, and (d) to provide that the number of domain names under administration for the .com, .net, and .org TLDs is the number of second-level domains within those TLDs. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.14.3. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.14.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$115,000 per year until and including 30 June 2003; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2003; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3 The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$6,325,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2003; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3.

3.14.5. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Subsection 4.4) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee.
no provision/not addressed No
PRO restricted uTLD 2002 No 5.2. Procedure for Subsequent Agreement.

5.2.1. Registry Operator may, no later than eighteen months prior to the initial Expiration Date, submit a written proposal to ICANN for the extension of this Agreement for an additional term (the "Renewal Proposal"). The Renewal Proposal shall contain a detailed report of the Registry Operator's operation of the Registry TLD and include a description of any additional Registry Services, proposed improvements to Registry Services, or changes in price or other terms of service. ICANN shall provide an initial response to the Renewal Proposal within thirty days of receiving it and, during a period of at least six months after receiving the Renewal Proposal, ICANN shall consider the Renewal Proposal and meet with Registry Operator to discuss the Renewal Proposal, but the decision whether to accept the Renewal Proposal shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.2. Only after the six-month period described in Subsection 5.2.1 may ICANN call for competing proposals from potential successor registry operators for the Registry TLD. Registry Operator shall be eligible, to the same extent as similarly situated entities, to submit a proposal to such a call. To the extent that the Renewal Proposal demonstrates (i) substantial service in the interests of the Internet community, (ii) enhancement of competition for registration services, and (iii) enhancement of the utility of the DNS, such demonstration shall be among the specific factors considered in ICANN's evaluation of any competing proposals, but the choice from among competing proposals shall be in ICANN's sole discretion.

5.2.3. In the event a party other than the Registry Operator is selected as the successor registry operator for the Registry TLD upon the expiration of this Agreement, ICANN shall require the successor registry operator to pay to Registry Operator a Registry Operator Transfer Fee equal to the difference of:

5.2.3.1 the present value, at the Expiration Date (as extended, if applicable), computed using a discount rate equal to the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate ("LIBOR") (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the revenue stream that would be achieved by the successor registry operator from renewal fees during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement for Registered Names on the Expiration Date that have not been continuously under registration during the entire Base Period, assuming that the domain-name registrations are renewed at the time of their expiration for a renewal term and at annual renewal fees and rates described in the next four sentences. The assumed renewal term, fees, and rates shall be based on actual experience within the Registry TLD during a period (the "Benchmark Period") consisting of the eighteen months immediately prior to the Expiration Date. The assumed renewal term shall be the average total term by which registrations of Registered Names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period are extended by renewal during the Benchmark Period. The assumed renewal rate shall be the percentage of names scheduled for expiration during the Benchmark Period that are extended by renewal at least once during the Benchmark Period. The assumed annual renewal fee shall be the lesser of (i) the maximum annual renewal fee that the successor registry operator may charge under its registration agreement and (ii) the average of the annual renewal fees charged by Registry Operator during the Benchmark Period; less

5.2.3.2 the present value, at the Expiration Date, computed using a discount rate equal to the LIBOR (based on the term of renewal of the successor registry operator) plus three percent per annum, of the expense stream that would result during the term (not taking into account any extensions) of the successor registry operator's registry agreement from continued registration of the registrations at the Expiration Date, with the same assumptions regarding renewal rates and terms set forth in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above. For purposes of this calculation, the annual expense of continued registration shall be assumed to be 45% of the assumed annual renewal fee stated in Subsection 5.2.3.1 above.

5.2.3.3 The calculation of present value shall be on a monthly basis with all renewals and expenses occurring in a given month assumed to occur at the end of the month. The Registry Operator Transfer Fee shall be paid, with interest per annum equal to the LIBOR plus three percent, from the Expiration Date, within nine months after the Expiration Date.
Yes 4.1. Registry Operator's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall comply, in its provision of Registry Services, on the schedule provided in Subsection 4.5, with

4.1.1. new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registry Operator is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2. in cases where:

4.1.2.1. this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2. the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2. Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1. issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2. functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services;

4.2.3. safety and integrity of the Registry Database;

4.2.4. procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving Registered Names affected by such a suspension or termination;

4.2.5. resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names;

4.2.6. principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.7. prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.8. maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information for domain-name registrants;

4.2.9. reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration); and

4.2.10. registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registrars.
Yes 3.4.3. Registry Operator may, at its option and with thirty days written notice to ICANN and to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars, revise the prices charged to registrars under the Registry-Registrar Agreement, provided that (a) the same price shall be charged for services charged to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars (provided that volume adjustments may be made if the same opportunity to qualify for those adjustments is available to all ICANN-Accredited Registrars) and (b) the prices shall not exceed those set forth in Appendix G, as adjusted according to Subsections 3.14.5 and 4.4. Registry Operator shall charge no fee to anyone for Registry Services if such fee is not listed on Appendix G. For Registry Services (a) listed on Appendix G without a stated price or (b) introduced more than six months after the Commencement-of-Service Date, Registry Operator may propose to ICANN, no later than thirty days before the commencement of that service, the inclusion in Appendix G of an offering price for the Registry Service. The offering price for the Registry Service shall be included in Appendix G only upon the written consent of ICANN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (ordinarily 30 days or less). US$132k 3.14. Registry-Level Financial Support of ICANN. During the Term of this Agreement, Registry Operator shall pay to ICANN the following fees:

3.14.1. Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation, not to exceed one quarter of the annual Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap described in Subsection 3.14.4.

3.14.2. Variable Registry-Level Fee. Registry Operator shall pay ICANN a quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee in an amount calculated according to a formula and method established from time to time by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with the ICANN bylaws and articles of incorporation. The formula and method shall allocate the total variable fee among all TLDs sponsored or operated under a sponsorship or registry agreement with ICANN (whether the fee is collected at the registry or registrar level) based on the relative size of the registries for those TLDs. It shall be permissible for the formula and method so established to do any of the following: (a) to measure the size of a TLD's registry, at least once per year where feasible, by the number of names under administration within the TLD by the registry's operator, (b) to deem the number of domain names under administration within the Registry TLD to be the number of Registered Names, (c) to provide for a deduction in computing a sponsor's or operator's Variable Registry-Level Fee of some or all of that sponsor's or registry operator's Fixed Registry-Level Fee, and (d) to provide that the number of domain names under administration for the .com, .net, and .org TLDs is the number of second-level domains within those TLDs. It shall also be permissible for the formula and method to consider accreditation fees collected from registrars as a credit applied to the Variable Registry-Level Fee for the TLD to which the fees pertain. Groups of registries for two or more TLDs may, with the agreement of their sponsors or operators and ICANN, agree to allocate the variable fee collected from them in a manner not based on the relative size of the registries within the group, provided that the combined variable fees collected for all TLDs within the group is based on the combined size of the registries in the group.

3.14.3. Payments Must Be Timely. Registry Operator shall pay the quarterly Fixed and Variable Registry-Level Fees within thirty days after the date of ICANN's invoice for those fees. These payments shall be made in a timely manner throughout the Term of this Agreement and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registry Operator and ICANN. Registry Operator shall pay interest on payments not timely made at the rate of 1% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by California law.

3.14.4. Fee Caps. The Fixed Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be [depends on TLD type: US$100,000 for unrestricted and US$80,000 for restricted] per year until and including 30 June 2002; shall automatically increase by 15% on July 1 of each year beginning in 2002; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3 The sum of the Fixed Registry-Level Fees and the Variable Registry-Level Fees due to be paid in any year ending on any 30 June during or within one year after the Term of this Agreement by all TLD sponsors and registry operators having sponsorship or registry agreements with ICANN shall not exceed the Total Registry-Level Fee Cap described in the following sentence. The Total Registry-Level Fee Cap shall be US$5,500,000 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2002; shall increase by 15% each fiscal year thereafter; and may be increased by a greater amount in the manner provided by Subsection 4.3.

3.14.5. Adjustments to Price. The maximum pricing for initial and renewal registrations set forth in Appendix G shall be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar quarter by adding, to the amount specified in that Appendix (after adjustment according to Subsection 4.4) as the applicable annual charge for initial or renewal registration of a domain name, an amount calculated according to the following three sentences. For calendar quarters in which the variable fee is collected at the registrar level, the amount shall be US$0.00. For the first two calendar quarters during the Term of this Agreement in which the variable fee is collected at the registry level, the amount shall be four times the per-name variable accreditation fee charged to registrars for the quarter beginning six months earlier. For subsequent calendar quarters, the amount shall be four times the quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee reflected in the invoice to Registry Operator for such a fee for the quarter beginning six months earlier divided by the number of Registered Names that the invoice shows was used to calculate that quarterly Variable Registry-Level Fee.
no provision/not addressed No
TRAVEL sTLD 2005 Yes Section IV.2 Renewal. This Agreement shall be renewed upon the expiration of the initial term set forth in Section 4.1 above, and following any renewal term, unless: (i) an arbitrator or court has determined that Registry has been in fundamental and material breach of Registry's obligations set forth in Sections 3.1(a) , (b) , (d) or (e) ; Section 5.2 or Section 7.3 despite notice and an opportunity to cure in accordance with Article VI hereof and (ii) following the decision of such arbitrator or court, Registry has failed to correct the conduct found to constitute such breach. Provided, however, that Registry agrees that any renewal of this Agreement is conditioned on its negotiation of renewal terms reasonably acceptable to ICANN, including, but not limited to, provisions relating to registry-level fees. Yes Section III.1(b) Consensus Policies.

(i) At all times during the term of this Agreement and subject to the terms hereof, Registry will fully comply with and implement all Consensus Policies found at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm, as of the Effective Date and as may in the future be developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws and as set forth below.

(ii) "Consensus Policies" are those specifications or policies established (1) pursuant to the procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws and due process, and (2) covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b) (iv) below. The Consensus Policy development process and procedure set forth in ICANN's Bylaws may be revised from time to time in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws, and any Consensus Policy that is adopted through such a revised process and covering those topics listed in Section 3.1(b) (iv) below shall be considered a Consensus Policy for purposes of this Agreement.

(iii) For all purposes under this Agreement, the policies identified at http://www.icann.org/general/consensus-policies.htm shall be treated in the same manner and have the same effect as "Consensus Policies."

(iv) Consensus Policies and the procedures by which they are developed shall be designed to produce, to the extent possible, a consensus of Internet stakeholders. Consensus Policies shall relate to one or more of the following: (1) issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, Security and/or Stability of the Internet or DNS; (2) functional and performance specifications for the provision of Registry Services (as defined in Section 3.1(d) (iii) below) ; (3) Security and Stability of the registry database for the TLD; (4) registry policies reasonably necessary to implement Consensus Policies relating to registry operations or registrars; or (5) resolution of disputes regarding the registration of domain names (as opposed to the use of such domain names) . Such categories of issues referred to in the preceding sentence shall include, without limitation:

(A) principles for allocation of registered names in the TLD (e.g., first-come, first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration) ;

(B) prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

(C) reservation of registered names in the TLD that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., establishment of reservations of names from registration) ;

(D) maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date information concerning domain name registrations;

(E) procedures to avoid disruptions of domain name registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry or a registrar, including procedures for allocation of responsibility for serving registered domain names in a TLD affected by such a suspension or termination; and

(F) resolution of disputes regarding whether particular parties may register or maintain registration of particular domain names.
No Appendix S ,Part II (Delegated Authority) 8. Functional and performance specifications for, and pricing of, Registry Services. US$10k + US$2.00* Section VII.2 Fees to be Paid to ICANN.

(a) Payment Schedule. Registry shall pay the Registry-Level Fees specified in Sections 7.2(b) and (c) below, and Section 7.2(d) , if applicable, by the 20th day following the end of each calendar quarter (i.e., on April 20, July 20, October 20 and January 20 for the calendar quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31) of the year to an account designated by ICANN. The first quarterly payment of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be pro-rated from the Effective Date until the end of the calendar quarter in which the Effective Date falls.

(b) Fixed Registry-Level Fee. Commencing on the Effective Date, Registry shall pay ICANN a quarterly Fixed Registry-Level Fee in an amount equal to US$2,500 for each quarter during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2006. Such fee is subject to increase on July 1 of each year thereafter in an amount established by ICANN's Board of Directors, but not to exceed a sum equal to 115% of the prior year's fee. One dollar (USD) of the Fixed Registry-Level Fee shall be waived for each dollar that the Registry-Level Transaction Fee exceeds US$2,000,000 per annum.

(c) Registry-Level Transaction Fee. Commencing as of the Effective Date, Registry shall pay ICANN a Registry-Level Transaction Fee in an amount equal to US$2.00 for each annual increment of an initial or renewal (including renewals associated with transfers from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another) domain name registration during the calendar quarter to which the Registry-Level Transaction Fee pertains. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c) , a "domain name registration" shall include a domain name within the registry for the TLD, whether consisting of two or more (e.g., john.smith.name) levels, about which Registry or an affiliate thereof maintains Registry Data.

(d) Variable Registry-Level Fee. For fiscal quarters in which ICANN does not collect a variable accreditation fee from all registrars, upon receipt of reasonable notice in writing from ICANN of not less than 45 days, Registry shall pay ICANN a Variable Registry-Level Fee. The fee will be calculated by ICANN, paid to ICANN by the Registry in accordance with the Payment Schedule in Section 7.2(a) , and the Registry will invoice and collect the fees from the registrars who are party to a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Registry. The fee will consist of two components; each component will be calculated by ICANN for each registrar:

(i) The transactional component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year but shall not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the registrar level transaction fee as established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(ii) The per-registrar component of the Variable Registry-Level Fee shall be specified by ICANN in accordance with the budget adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors for each fiscal year, but the sum of the per-registrar fees calculated for all registrars shall not exceed the total Per-Registrar Variable funding established pursuant to the approved 2004-2005 ICANN Budget.

(e) Interest on Late Payments. For any payments ten days or more overdue, Registry shall pay interest on late payments at the rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.
no provision/not addressed No
Registrar Accreditation Agreement n/a 2001 Yes 5.4 Term of Agreement; Renewal; Right to Substitute Updated Agreement. This Agreement shall be effective on the Effective Date and shall have an initial term running until the Expiration Date, unless sooner terminated. Thereafter, if Registrar seeks to continue its accreditation, it may apply for renewed accreditation, and shall be entitled to renewal provided it meets the ICANN-adopted specification or policy on accreditation criteria then in effect, is in compliance with its obligations under this Agreement, as it may be amended, and agrees to be bound by terms and conditions of the then-current Registrar accreditation agreement (which may differ from those of this Agreement) that ICANN adopts in accordance with Subsection 2.3 and Subsection 4.3. In connection with renewed accreditation, Registrar shall confirm its assent to the terms and conditions of the then-current Registrar accreditation agreement by signing that accreditation agreement. In the event that, during the Term of this Agreement, ICANN posts on its web site an updated form of registrar accreditation agreement applicable to Accredited registrars, Registrar (provided it has not received (1) a notice of breach that it has not cured or (2) a notice of termination of this Agreement under Subsection 5.3 above) may elect, by giving ICANN written notice, to enter an agreement in the updated form in place of this Agreement. In the event of such election, Registrar and ICANN shall promptly sign a new accreditation agreement that contains the provisions of the updated form posted on the web site, with the length of the term of the substituted agreement as stated in the updated form posted on the web site, calculated as if it commenced on the date this Agreement was made, and this Agreement will be deemed terminated.   4.1 Registrar's Ongoing Obligation to Comply With New or Revised Specifications and Policies. During the Term of this Agreement, Registrar shall comply with the terms of this Agreement on the schedule set forth in Subsection 4.4, with

4.1.1 new or revised specifications (including forms of agreement to which Registrar is a party) and policies established by ICANN as Consensus Policies in the manner described in Subsection 4.3,

4.1.2 in cases where:

4.1.2.1 this Agreement expressly provides for compliance with revised specifications or policies established in the manner set forth in one or more subsections of this Section 4; or

4.1.2.2 the specification or policy concerns one or more topics described in Subsection 4.2.

4.2 Topics for New and Revised Specifications and Policies. New and revised specifications and policies may be established on the following topics:

4.2.1 issues for which uniform or coordinated resolution is reasonably necessary to facilitate interoperability, technical reliability, and/or operational stability of Registrar Services, Registry Services, the DNS, or the Internet;

4.2.2 registrar policies reasonably necessary to implement ICANN policies or specifications relating to a DNS registry or to Registry Services;

4.2.3 resolution of disputes concerning the registration of Registered Names (as opposed to the use of such domain names), including where the policies take into account use of the domain names;

4.2.4 principles for allocation of Registered Names (e.g., first-come/first-served, timely renewal, holding period after expiration);

4.2.5 prohibitions on warehousing of or speculation in domain names by registries or registrars;

4.2.6 maintenance of and access to accurate and up-to-date contact information regarding Registered Names and nameservers;

4.2.7 reservation of Registered Names that may not be registered initially or that may not be renewed due to reasons reasonably related to (a) avoidance of confusion among or misleading of users, (b) intellectual property, or (c) the technical management of the DNS or the Internet (e.g., "example.com" and names with single-letter/digit labels);

4.2.8 procedures to avoid disruptions of registration due to suspension or termination of operations by a registry operator or a registrar, including allocation of responsibility among continuing registrars of the Registered Names sponsored in a TLD by a registrar losing accreditation; and

4.2.9 the transfer of registration data upon a change in registrar sponsoring one or more Registered Names.

Nothing in this Subsection 4.2 shall limit Registrar's obligations as set forth elsewhere in this Agreement.
  3.7.10 Nothing in this Agreement prescribes or limits the amount Registrar may charge Registered Name Holders for registration of Registered Names.   3.9 Accreditation Fees. As a condition of accreditation, Registrar shall pay accreditation fees to ICANN. These fees consist of yearly and variable fees.

3.9.1 Yearly Accreditation Fee. Registrar shall pay ICANN a yearly accreditation fee in an amount established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with ICANN's bylaws and articles of incorporation. This yearly accreditation fee shall not exceed US$4,000 for the first TLD for which Registrar is Accredited plus US$500 for each additional TLD for which Registrar is Accredited at any time during the year. Payment of the yearly fee shall be due within thirty days after invoice from ICANN.

3.9.2 Variable Accreditation Fee. Registrar shall pay the variable accreditation fees established by the ICANN Board of Directors, in conformity with ICANN's bylaws and articles of incorporation, provided that in each case such fees are reasonably allocated among all registrars that contract with ICANN and that any such fees must be expressly approved by registrars accounting, in the aggregate, for payment of two-thirds of all registrar-level fees. Registrar shall pay such fees in a timely manner for so long as all material terms of this Agreement remain in full force and effect, and notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute between Registrar and ICANN.

3.9.3 On reasonable notice given by ICANN to Registrar, accountings submitted by Registrar shall be subject to verification by an audit of Registrar's books and records by an independent third-party that shall preserve the confidentiality of such books and records (other than its findings as to the accuracy of, and any necessary corrections to, the accountings).
no provision/not addressed No