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    USA Goverment Relations New Rules For .us: DoC Gives Control to ICANN
    posted by michael on Thursday June 14 2001, @05:29AM

    Anonymous writes "The Dept. of Commerce is not only privatizing .us, it is giving it to ICANN to control. It's all in the new Solicitation for a ccTLD manager for .us:"

    "The Contractor must conduct an investigation and submit a written report to the COTR, within six months after purchase order award, evaluating the compliance of existing sub domain managers with the requirements of RFC 1480 and other documented usTLD policies."

    "For the first two years of the purchase order, the Contractor must submit monthly progress reports... provide performance data related to... the number of delegated managers and changes in delegated managers in the locality-based usTLD space..."

    "Abide by Government Advisory Committee Principles: The Contractor must abide by the principles and procedures set forth in the Government Advisory Committee document "Principles for the Delegation and Management of Country-Code Top Level Domains," unless inconsistent with U.S. law or regulation."

    "Establish and maintain consistent communication between the COTR, the Contractor and ICANN. This includes representation of the usTLD in the ICANN ccTLD constituency and contribution to ICANN's operating costs as apportioned to the usTLD through the ICANN budget process."

    "Implement a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure and Sunrise Policy. The Contractor must implement a uniform domain name dispute resolution procedure intended to resolve disputes arising from "cybersquatting" applicable to the usTLD (such policy is intended to be modeled upon the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure, consistent with modifications necessary for such policy to be applicable to the usTLD specifically). The Contractor must also implement a "Sunrise Policy" that permits qualified trademark owners to pre-register their trademarks as domain names in the expanded usTLD space prior to the opening of the expanded usTLD space to wider registration."

    (Note: The so-called Government Advisory Committee has nothing to do with the U.S. Government; rather, it is a self-organized group of e-commerce promoters who helped the ICANN Board take control of the generic TLDs.)

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