|Registry:||Deutsche Post AG|
|Date Implemented:||07 Jun 2016|
|Priority #:||661 - Deutsche Post AG|
|Parked Domain %:||N/A|
|Delegation:||07 June 2016|
The application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.
The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.
The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:
"Broadly speaking, the mission and purpose can be divided into brand-, convenience-, and security-related issues. The security-related issues refer to the idea underlying the product E-POSTBRIEF which - generally speaking - aims at taking the classic letter into the Internet, thereby supporting confidential, binding and reliable communication (i.e. secure electronic communication, as well as trusted transactions).
At this, the product E-POSTBRIEF is the pioneering product of the E-POST-platform which, in the future, will combine various services and products all dealing with trusted transactions and secure electronic communications - such as payment and⁄or identification services. It is envisioned that .EPOST will serve as the umbrella domain for all of these services and products.
At least during the initial months or even years following the delegation of the .EPOST gTLD to Deutsche Post, this extension is likely going to be a so-called ʺsingle registrant TLDʺ as contemplated by ICANN in Article 4.5 of the template Registry Operator Agreement (ʺTransition of Registry upon Termination of Agreementʺ). For the avoidance of doubt, a ʺsingle registrant TLDʺ is a TLD where ʺ(i) all domain name registrations in the TLD are registered to, and maintained by, Registry Operator for its own exclusive use, and (ii) Registry Operator does not sell, distribute or transfer control or use of any registrations in the TLD to any third party that is not an Affiliate of Registry Operator.ʺ