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Re: [council] Reconfiguring the URS?

Thanks Jeff (and Phil),

I'd urge that this is a policy matter for the GNSO.  Further, it should
be discussed at regularly-scheduled ICANN meetings and through our
community channels, not at separate "summits" with distinct participants
and audiences.


On 05/03/2012 02:09 PM, Neuman, Jeff wrote:
> All,
> Thanks to Phil Corwin for catching this, but buried in the new budget 
> document 
> (http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/op-budget-fy13-01may12-en.htm) 
> just put out for comment is a note on "reconfiguring" the URS.  Excerpt 
> provided below.   I guess they could not find any URS providers that could do 
> it for the costs that they had projected, so ICANN is holding 2 summits to 
> work on a new model.  My question for the Council, is whether this is really 
> a policy issue that should be referred back to the GNSO Community as opposed 
> to having  ICANN on its own resolving after holding 2 summits.  Given the 
> controversy around this over the past few years, any tweaks to the URS should 
> probably go back to the community in my opinion.
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) - $175K
> At present there is a significant gap between the features specified for the 
> URS procedure and the desired cost. In order to bridge this gap we will: hold 
> two summit sessions to reconfigure the URS to arrive at a lower cost model 
> (one session in FY12 budget and another in this FY13 plan), conduct a process 
> to develop and finalize URS Model in consultation with current UDRP providers 
> and community members; and conduct RFP based on URS Model and select URS 
> providers. The goal is have a URS program in place and providers contracted 
> and onboard by June 2013.
> Jeffrey J. Neuman
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> 21575 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166
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