ICANN recently released for public comment a draft of the .NET Request for Proposals (RFP). The public comment period will commence today and will end in two weeks on 26 November 2004 at 17:00 UTC.
The current registry agreement between ICANN and VeriSign, Inc. was signed in May 2001, and will expire on 30 June 2005. The agreement provides (per Section 5.2.1) that ICANN, no later than 30 June 2004, will adopt an open and transparent procedure for designating a “successor” registry operator. The procedure was announced on 29 June 2004.
The draft .NET RFP has been developed by adopting the recommendation from the GNSO Council and previous public comment periods and correspondence from interested parties has been taken into consideration.
The RFP contains all criteria by which the proposals will be judged as well as a timeline for the continued .NET reassignment process.
Following the public comment period, all relevant comments will be taken into consideration for development of the final .NET RFP. The final .NET RFP will be approved by the ICANN Board and posted online at which time the Proposal Submission Period will begin.
For further details of the timeline involved in the .NET reassignment please see the timeline included in the draft .NET RFP.
The draft .NET RFP can be found here: http://www.icann.org/tlds/dotnet-reassignment/dotnet-rfp.pdf