ICANN opened today a comment period for New gTLD Auction Rules. The purpose is to gather community input regarding the detailed rules and processes for Auctions to resolve string contention sets in the New gTLD Program.
The Auction Rules (version 2013.12.12) have been updated since the publication of the Preliminary Auction Rules on 1 Nov 2013 based on community feedback, including feedback received in Webinars and sessions at the ICANN 48 meeting in Buenos Aires. Additionally the Bidder’s Agreement, Bidder forms, and a Draft Auction Schedule have been published for community input.
Based on public comment feedback, a final set of Auction Rules and Bidder’s Agreement will be published and New gTLD Auctions to resolve string contention sets will be implemented and executed per the rules.