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[council] Fwd: WG on Reserved Names: Correspondence from Patrick Jones

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  • Subject: [council] Fwd: WG on Reserved Names: Correspondence from Patrick Jones
  • From: Liz Williams <liz.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 21:28:49 +0100
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Please find below correspondence from Patrick Jones, ICANN's Registry Liaison, which will be of assistance to volunteers for the Reserved Names Working Group.


Liz Williams
Senior Policy Counselor
ICANN - Brussels
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+32 2 234 7848 fax
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Begin forwarded message:

From: "Patrick Jones" <patrick.jones@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat 20 Jan 2007 06:52:53 GMT+01:00
To: "'Liz Williams'" <liz.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: WG on Reserved Names


I have read through the various documents for the new GNSO Working Group on Reserved Names. I understand that this is a component of the PDP Dec05 and PDP Feb06 work.

With regard to reserved names for existing registries, the funnel process provides a mechanism for current registries to propose release of names from the reserved list. Global Name Registry submitted a proposal for the limited release of two-character names, which was approved by the ICANN Board on Tuesday 16 January (http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-16jan07.htm). Two character names will be shared at the registry level, and GNR will only make third level registrations and two-character email addresses available in .name.

Prior to the Board’s approval, the proposal was carefully reviewed by the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (http:// www.icann.org/registries/rsep/RSTEP-GNR-proposal-review-team- report.pdf) and internal experts. This is the first time that extensive research has been conducted on the technical issues surrounding the use of two-character names. Please note that GNR’s registry agreement also provided a mechanism to propose release of two-character names from the reserved list. Other registries have followed the same process to release reserved names.

As a result, we may see more registries approach ICANN for the release of two-character names. We may also see registries use the funnel process to propose release of additional names from the reserved list.

The documents related to the GNR proposal may be useful to the efforts of the Working Group, see http://www.icann.org/registries/ rsep/submitted_app.html (Proposal # 2006004).



Patrick L. Jones

Registry Liaison Manager

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Tel: +1 310 301 3861

Fax: +1 310 823 8649


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