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    Budget and Expenditures ICANN Announcement on Strategic Plan and Budget
    posted by michael on Saturday June 24 2006, @07:30AM

    24 Jun 2006 4:48 AM PDT: Updates to Strategic Plan, Operating Plan, and Proposed Budget
    ICANN has made the following updates and improvements to the following documents. The Strategic Plan and Operating Plan have been re-reposted in HTML format and the documents have been linked so that clicking on an objective in the Strategic Plan will link to the coresponding [sic] Operating Plan project(s). The elements of both plans have been renumbered to facilitate reference.

    Particularly notable are the 20 people ICANN plans to add to the staff, and the (not unrelated) need for more revenue. Here's how ICANN plans to get it: from the ccTLDs (other than .ca!), from milking new gTLDs, and from a mysterious third source (RIRs? People who hate the UN?).

    Alternate Sources of Revenue

    Sound business planning dictates that ICANN should continue to develop alternate sources of funding in order to provide a more robust revenue base. Specifically, these sources should include the ccTLDs, the RIRs, new gTLDs, and other interested parties.

    • ICANN has developed a staffing plan to accelerate the execution of frameworks of accountability with ccTLDs. One aspect of these discussions is how to secure a more consistent base of funding from these stakeholders.
    • ICANN is presently completing the process of establishing new sponsored TLDs and has undertaken a study to determine how best to allocate new gTLDs. Where new TLDs are established, ICANN will undertake separate technical and commercial negotiations with each one. Depending upon the business model of each, ICANN will realize some reasonable revenue stream from each TLD. Those revenue models may differ significantly from the ones presently locked in with existing registries. This model also applies to the negotiations to take place for existing gTLDs in the near future.
    • ICANN continues dialogue with several stakeholders who view a strong, vibrant ICANN as necessary for the stability of the Internet and therefore necessary for the stability of substantial business segments these stakeholders manage. These stakeholders have indicated that there is a substantial opportunity for commercial organisations that benefit directly from successful operation of ICANN's functions to contribute to some of the associated costs.

    With that in mind, ICANN proposes to engage these stakeholders and other commercial entities that profit from the stability and operation of the Internet and those who underwrite those who profit from Internet interoperability. ICANN expects some impact from these sources during the upcoming fiscal year. As revenues increase from new sources, fees accruing from existing substantial contributors, such as the registrars will be reduced.

    Translations of the third bullet point would be welcomed.

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