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dotShabaka Diary — Day 9, Unwelcome and Uninformed?

Kevin Murphy, September 10, 2013, 17:56:04 (UTC), Domain Registries

The ninth installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Tuesday 10 September 2013
After responding to ICANN’s COI Clarification Notification of 10 July 2013, including submitting the Letter of Credit and other required documentation, dotShabaka Registry proceeded to the Contracting Phase. The Registry Agreement was executed in Durban a couple of days later.
Now a full two months after our Letter of Credit was submitted to ICANN we received a portal comment that “ICANN requires an original of the Letter of Credit” and we need to respond “as soon as possible to avoid delaying your progress in the post-evaluation process.”
How is this a requirement that we are only now being made aware of? Why the two month wait? Why is the Letter of Credit suddenly on the critical path to delegation for the شبكة. TLD? We are on the other side of the world from Los Angeles and this cannot be completed in a couple of hours.
We are yet to receive ICANN’s ‘Welcome Pack’ for new gTLD Registry Operators. Are other new gTLD Registry Operators at the front-end of the new gTLD program feeling unwelcome and uninformed?
إذا كان الصبر مُرًّا فعاقبته حلوة – If patience is bitter then its result is sweet…

Read previous and future diary entries here.


Comments (4)

  1. Alex says:

    man, ICANN is so god damn slow and amateurish…

  2. theo says:

    without judgement, what did you guys upload in the first place?

    • Yasmin Omer says:

      Thanks for the question Theo. At the time of Contracting, we provided ICANN with a copy of the Letter of Credit in accordance with the requirements of our Registry Agreement.

  3. theo says:

    Hi Yasmin,
    Thank you for the response.
    Seems to me ICANN wants to ensure themselfs they are doing the right thing.
    IE create a better paper trail that holds up when a dispute arises.
    Annoying as hell but makes sense.

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