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[announce] ICANN Solicits Public Comment on Single Character Name Allocation Framework

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  • Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:55:21 +0200
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ICANN Solicits Public Comment on Single Character Name Allocation Framework
13 June 2008

In response to community comment and interest, ICANN has developed a
proposed allocation framework and use of funds from the allocation of
single-character second-level domain names (SC SLDs) in existing gTLDs.
ICANN is proposing an auction mechanism and disbursement of funds toward
areas of public good for the Internet community. Discussion of proposed
allocation methods will involve consultation with gTLD registries.

ICANN invites public comments on the Allocation Framework [PDF, 73K]
through 13 July 2008 23:59 UTC. Comments can be submitted to
allocation-framework@xxxxxxxxx, and viewed at

ICANN is also announcing the selection of Power Auctions LLC
(www.powerauction.com) as ICANN's auction design consultant for various
auction needs, including 1) the development of models for the resolution
of contention among applicants for new generic TLD strings, 2) for the
disposition of data from failed registrars or registries, and 3) for the
allocation of SC SLDs.

Power Auctions has an international team composed of noted experts in
auction design and implementation. Power Auctions and its affiliate,
Market Design Inc. (see http://www.marketdesign.com/), have implemented
auctions for electricity (Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, US), natural
gas (Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary) and greenhouse gas emission
reductions (UK). They have also implemented a prototype auction for
airport landing slots (for the FAA in the United States) and have
assisted governments in auctions of telecommunications spectrum (in
Canada, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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