Council Chair Shane Tews opened by asking the Council to approve the December Minutes for the record. The Council approved.

The Council then discussed Chair/Vice-Chair nominations. Ms. Tews explained that Scott Harris would be stepping down and that she, the Vice-Chair, is willing to step into the Chair role. Karen Rose indicated that she would be willing to serve as the Vice-Chair, so Ms. Tews reiterated a previous email stating that if the Secretariat receives additional nominations the Council will conduct a vote via email. Otherwise, she and Ms. Rose will serve as the Chair and Vice-Chair roles respectively.

Crystal Peterson, Neustar’s Director of Business Development, gave a presentation of the .US 2017 Marketing overview.

Ms. Tews introduced the policy items. Last month, Neustar solicited comments from the public on the Privacy Service Plan and the Premium Names Plan. The Council discussed the comments received on two open policy issues: 1) the implementation of Privacy Services for .US; and 2) the Premium Names Plan. ICA submitted comments that supported the Privacy Services Plan. The ICA comments also supported the Premium Names Plan in part. The ICA comments supported the Premium Names Plan with regard to the proposed release of one and two-character domains but objected to the reclassification of currently authorized .US domains as ICA believes that although the .US proposal had proper protections proposed as part of its plan, the reclassification could be used by other domains as precedent to make a similar reclassification but without the protections proposed by Neustar. These comments had been previously distributed to the Council and the Secretariat provided a summary of the comments during the meeting. The Council discussed both comments and the Chair moved for a vote to recommend to Neustar that it finalize both policy plans and submit them to the Department of Commerce for its consideration.

The Council voted to recommend to Neustar that it forward its Privacy Service Plan to the Department of Commerce. The Council voted to recommend that Neustar forward its Premium Names Plan to the Department of Commerce with regard to the release of one and two-character domains, but not with regard to the proposed reclassification of currently authorized .US domains. The Secretariat stated that Neustar would review the Premium Names Plan again in light of the Council’s recommendation.

Action Items

  • Submit the Privacy Plan to the Department of Commerce for consideration.
  • Revise the Premium Names Plan for further Council review.

Attendees

  • Shane Tews
  • Karen Rose
  • Phil Corwin
  • Alex Deacon
  • Stacy Cheney
  • Grace Abuhamad
  • Anitha Ibrahim
  • Doug Robison
  • James Bladel

Neustar Participants:

  • Becky Burr
  • Crystal Peterson
  • Kim Miller
  • Cory Lancaster
  • Judy Song-Marshall
  • Raymond Zylstra