.zuerich Domain Name

.zuerich

.zuerich Domain Name

Applicant Zuerich, Switzerland has applied for the .zuerich domain. As this is a private application, this domain will not be initially available for public registration. Review the application for more information.

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.zuerich Domain Information

Applicant Full Legal Name

Kanton Zürich (Canton of Zurich)

Legal Establishment

Public Authority

Applicant Address

Neumühlequai 10
Zürich Zürich 8090
CH

State Jurisdiction

Switzerland / Swiss Law

Applicant Website

http://www.zh.ch

Applied for gTLD

ZUERICH

Mission/Purpose of Domain Extension

The Canton of Zurich is one of the largest of Switzerland's 26 Cantons, or national districts, and is home to the city of Zurich, which is the largest city in the country. The city has throughout its long history played an important role in the cultural and historical development of the Swiss... Read more

The Canton of Zurich is one of the largest of Switzerland's 26 Cantons, or national districts, and is home to the city of Zurich, which is the largest city in the country. The city has throughout its long history played an important role in the cultural and historical development of the Swiss Confederation and the country's national identity.

Today, the city and the canton of Zurich are Switzerland's economically strongest region and home to a vast number of Swiss national and international businesses, investment houses and corporations, and house several world-famous museums, including the Kunsthaus, the Zurich Museum of Art, and the Swiss National Museum. The city maintains twenty universities and higher education institutions, and hosts the SIX Swiss Exchange. Zurich is consistently cited in renowned international rankings as maintaining one of the highest quality of life standards in the world. Naturally, with so many business and cultural opportunities available, the Canton of Zurich routinely experiences a high volume of Internet traffic to its current online locations, and with this application seeks to expand its ability to communicate with the interested public.

In June 2011 the Canton of Zurich, the City of Zurich and Zürich Tourismus (Tourist Organization) jointly launched a new branding concept known as ISDM (Integriertes Standort-und Destinationmarketing) for Zurich, introducing new logos and taglines. The goal of this project is to increase the brand value of Zurich, both domestically as well as internationally, in accordance with the "Legislaturziele" (legislature goals) for the years 2012- 2015 of the Canton of Zurich. By launching these new logos and taglines, that will be used across cultural, public and business events, the Canton, the City, and the Tourist Organization of Zurich are seeking to establish a common brand for Zürich, which will enable businesses, organizations, and the government to attract investments to the area, and to foster and support new cultural events.

The TLD ".ZUERICH" will be an expression of self-understanding and autonomy for the local state of Zurich and is anticipated to promote local industry, scientific interests, tourism and marketing, and to highlight the high standard of living in the Zurich region in a globally-visible and easily recognized format.

Long term, effective marketing of the ".ZUERICH" TLD is an important part of this plan, which will be effectuated through the careful and well-orchestrated cooperation of the city of Zurich, the Zurich Tourism office and the Canton itself. The key elements of the ISDM strategy include: i) unique and permanent positioning of the new ".ZUERICH" TLD, ii) preserving and enhancing the reputation of the space, iii) maintaining the well-regarded reputation of the Zurich brand, and iv) development of a common entry site for the name space (see Attachment 1 to our response to Question 48).

The applied-for TLD string, "ZUERICH," represents the phonetic pronunciation of the German-speaking Canton. In German, the spelling of the Canton is "Zürich". The Umlaut over the "u" in the word produces a "ue" sound, leading to the pronunciation of "Zuerich", corresponding to the proposed TLD text. Thus, it has become standard amongst Swiss Internet users, when typing, to replace "ü" with "ue." The logical TLD for the Canton is therefore ".ZUERICH."


A. The Mission and Purpose of the ".ZUERICH" space

The new gTLD ".ZUERICH," is intended to support the new branding project of Zürich on the Internet.

The ".ZUERICH" TLD shall provide a comprehensive vehicle through which the Canton may communicate not only with citizens, companies, and organization within its region, but even with individuals and companies worldwide who, in one way or another, interact with the Canton of Zurich.

Initially, the Canton will reserve all domain names under ".ZUERICH" to itself, and may later elect to license domain name registrations under ".ZUERICH" to its affiliates such as, but not limited to i.e., Cantonal and city governmental departments and municipalities, cultural and artistic organizations, or transportation authorities. The Canton may further decide to license the use of second level domain names to other affiliates.

The Canton of Zurich will oversee all registrations for the space, and will be the only authorized registrant of domains. This provision will be made clear in, and enforced via, the applicable Registry-Registrar agreement. All registrars offering ".ZUERICH" domain names for registration will be aware of this requirement, and will be provided with sufficient information to enable them to verify whether a potential applicant for a domain name is in fact the properly authorized entity. The single-registrant nature of the space will provide the Canton with necessary monitoring opportunities, to ensure that the TLD is used only for appropriate purposes and to display relevant content.

The Canton anticipates benefitting from this new space by providing a single comprehensive and helpful location where interested parties can learn more about the opportunities available in Zurich. Visitors and long-time residents alike will come to view gTLD ".ZUERICH" as the natural "go-to" for information about the area. Used in this way, the Canton expects the gTLD ".ZUERICH" to play an important role in its new branding project for Zürich.×

Benefits

The Canton believes this new TLD space will provide broad benefits to the residents and visitors of Zurich, businesses and corporations active within the region, as well as the governmental offices and departments of the Canton, the City and communities. Due to the immediately recognizable nature... Read more

The Canton believes this new TLD space will provide broad benefits to the residents and visitors of Zurich, businesses and corporations active within the region, as well as the governmental offices and departments of the Canton, the City and communities. Due to the immediately recognizable nature of the space it is envisioned that the TLD will be experienced as an identifier of all things genuinely "Zürich."


i) What is the goal of your proposed gTLD in terms of areas of specialty, service levels, or reputation?

The goal of the TLD is to create a trustworthy, safe, and secure location, where interested Internet users can find an integrated network of information, products and services related to the city and Canton of Zurich. The Canton believes that by properly overseeing this new space, and managing its network of second-level registrations in an intuitive and user-friendly manner, it will increase both Internet user trust and loyalty.

The ".ZUERICH" TLD will create something new - a dedicated space where interested parties from business to government, tourists to local citizens, will come together to find the information, products, services and opportunities they seek. Under the current TLD landscape, this vision is not possible. Certain towns, regions and even countries operate websites, some providing links to networks of external information, but there is nothing like ".ZUERICH." Never before has a region possessed the opportunities offered by a singly-managed TLD, where content and usage can be carefully monitored and displayed in accordance with a common organizational structure. This space will create a new Internet experience which will benefit all members - whether they be residents, visitors or commercial entities - of the Zurich region.

All ".ZUERICH" domain name registrations will incorporate the Domain Name Registration and Usage Policy for ".ZUERICH," which outlines the acceptable use guidelines for the space. A draft version of this Policy is provided in the answer to question 18(c) below.


ii) What do you anticipate your proposed gTLD will add to the current space, in terms of competition, differentiation, or innovation?

The ".ZUERICH" TLD will provide an outstanding alternative to the currently-available gTLD spaces. The very use of a specialized TLD by the Canton of Zurich will ultimately provide many benefits to the users of the new space, not the least of which will be verification of the source identity of the websites active within the TLD. If users are looking for the Canton of Zurichthis name space will provide a location for all relevant information. Further, given the authority of the Canton to review and individually approve each license application, Internet users will know that any information provided in this space will be up-to-date and authentic.

Furthermore, the proposed ".ZUERICH" TLD will be a "clean space" for Internet users seeking information about Zurich, its many business opportunities, cultural and historical background, and it government and structure. Since the Canton of Zurich will have control over all of the registrations in the space, there is no risk of abusive use of these domain names. There will be little opportunity for bad actors to impersonate affiliated corporate agents, perpetrate fraud, or engage in dangerous and illegal Internet scams such as phishing or pharming. Internet users will find only authentic, authorized content within the ".ZUERICH" space, providing them with a level of comfort and safety which the current gTLD landscape cannot give them. The ".ZUERICH" pages will connect Internet users to authorized, safe sites, helping them to find relevant resources and information.


iii) What goals does your proposed gTLD have in terms of user experience?

The Canton of Zurich intends for users to perceive the TLD as a trustworthy source of Zurich-related services, as well as information regarding the region. Accordingly, the Canton will use advanced technical and policy measures to ensure the security of online transactions and communications, and to ensure that domain names in the TLD are only used for authorized purposes. The Canton of Zurich intends to provide a safe and legitimate Internet space, enhancing user experience by mitigating security-associated risks.

The TLD will reinforce the ideals of the Canton. Therefore, domains within the TLD will only be used for purposes authorized by the Canton, and the Canton will closely monitor the content of any and all domains licensed to affiliates. Domain usage policy will be established and enforced in order to safeguard the Internet user experience and the reputation of the space. Failure to follow such guidelines may result in the revocation of the relevant license by the Cantonal authority.

Accordingly, visitors to the ".ZUERICH" TLD can expect to find a well-organized and comprehensive network of information related to the Canton, showcasing the opportunities available therein.


iv) Provide a complete description of the applicant's intended registration policies in support of the goals listed above.

It is envisaged that the Canton of Zurich will be the sole registrant of domain names within the TLD, which will ensure that such domain names only are used for purposes authorized by the Canton of Zurich. Such single-registrant restriction will be included in the applicable Registry-Registrar agreement. A draft version of the anticipated Domain Name Registration and Use Policy for the ".ZUERICH" space is provided at the end of the answer to question 18(c).


v) Will your proposed gTLD impose any measures for protecting the privacy or confidential information of registrants or users?

The Canton of Zurich intends for users to perceive the TLD an integrated, unique and trustworthy location for their Zurich-related questions, searches, and transactions. Internet user trust is greatly enhanced when said users know they are interacting with the businesses, public entities, organizations and offices of their choice in a safe, confidential online platform where their private or personal information is securely protected. The Canton of Zurich intends to use advanced technical and policy measures to reasonably ensure the security of online transactions and communications, and to reasonably ensure that domain names in the TLD are only used for authorized purposes. The Canton of Zurich intends to provide a safe and legitimate Internet space, enhancing user experience by mitigating security-associated risks.

The Canton of Zurich intends to deploy DNSSEC and to comply with all of the other policies and practices required by ICANN in the Registry Agreement and/or via any Consensus Policy. The Canton of Zurich will also comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to Internet security and the privacy of users' confidential information.

Furthermore the Canton of Zurich, in conjunction with its Registry Service Provider, intends to employ reasonable practices with respect to the security of online transactions and users' private or confidential information in its new TLD space. The Canton will look to the practices of other industry-leading gTLD registries, such as the ".com" space, to determine a comprehensive set of best practices with regard to user privacy.

The Canton of Zurich is committed to making the ".ZUERICH" space fully compliant with all published best practices guidelines. For further information concerning privacy protections and data security within the ".ZUERICH" space, please refer to the answers contained in section 23-44 below.


vi) Describe whether and in what ways outreach and communications will help to achieve your projected benefits.

The Canton of Zurich believes Internet users will quickly become familiar with the new space through its anticipated advertising efforts. The Canton intends to utilize its new TLD on marketing and promotional materials, encouraging users to visit and engage the new websites. Given the anticipated benefits of the new name space, the Canton believes Internet users will readily adopt the TLD. The Canton believes that with time, publicity, and word-of-mouth communication, Internet users will become familiar with the name space.

Additionally, noting the anticipated breadth of ICANN's New gTLD launch, it is apparent that other entities are considering the adoption of new gTLD spaces, tailored to the applicants' particular needs. The Canton believes that within a short time, consumers will become accustomed to searching for these specific TLD spaces in which to conduct their relevant online transactions.×

Operational Rules and Cost Benefits

The gTLD ".ZUERICH" is ultimately intended to function as the Canton of Zurich's trustworthy space for online communications and information , which will connect Internet users / visitors with the services, and governmental and public entities they seek. The Canton anticipates using advanced... Read more

The gTLD ".ZUERICH" is ultimately intended to function as the Canton of Zurich's trustworthy space for online communications and information , which will connect Internet users / visitors with the services, and governmental and public entities they seek. The Canton anticipates using advanced technical and policy measures to ensure the security and reliability of online transactions and communications taking place on domains within the TLD, and to ensure that domain names in the space are only used for authorized purposes.

Naturally, as the Canton will be the registrant of all domain names within the space, it will have full control over the content displayed on ".ZUERICH" websites. Therefore, domains within the TLD will only be used for purposes authorized by the Canton. Domain usage guidelines will be implemented and enforced to constantly ensure the integrity of users' ".ZUERICH" experience and the reputation of the TLD. The Canton of Zurich intends to provide a safe and trustworthy Internet name space, enhancing user experience by mitigating security-associated risks.

All domain name registrations within the ".ZUERICH" space shall be held by the Canton of Zurich. The Canton may, from time to time and in its sole discretion, elect to license domain name registrations to the Canton's governmental directorates or districts, city departments, local government and municipalities, and other affiliated companies and agents involved in the area's extensive tourism and travel industries, cultural and artistic associations, sporting clubs and venues and other affiliates who have dealings with or interests in the activities of Zurich and its many businesses.

All domain name registrations and license agreements shall incorporate the usage requirements set out in the Domain Name Registration and Usage Policy for ".ZUERICH," a draft version of which is provided at the end of this section.

The Canton of Zurich intends that no domain name in the ".ZUERICH" space shall be used in a manner which:

- infringes any other third parties rights
- is in breach with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements

or for the purposes of:

- undertaking any illegal or fraudulent actions, including spam or phishing activities

The ".ZUERICH" domain space shall be used for the benefit of the Canton of Zurich. The Canton of Zurich will have the right to revoke any domain name license agreement should the Canton of Zurich deem such action appropriate for the benefit of the Canton.

The content and use of all registered ".ZUERICH" domain names will be monitored by the Canton of Zurich on an ongoing basis, and compliance with the contractual restrictions and guidelines will be enforced. Violations of any restrictions, guidelines or other contractual conditions may result in termination of the relevant domain name license.

The Canton of Zurich will implement a Sunrise period of 30 days for the purpose of complying with ICANN requirements. However, because the Registry Operator will be the sole registrant within this space, there will be no other registrants eligible to reserve or register a domain during this period. The Registry Operator will develop and implement an appropriate Sunrise Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP), containing the elements specified by ICANN, for the resolution of any disputes which might in theory arise during this period.

During the initial launch period, for no less than 60 days, a Trademark Claims Services system will be in place as required by ICANN. During this period there will be a notice sent to the sole registrant of any ".ZUERICH" domain name, prior to its registration, should such domain name constitute an identical match of a mark registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. Moreover the right owner or owners, as recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse, will be informed once any such domain name has been registered following this event.


i) How will multiple applications for a particular domain name be resolved, for example, by auction or on a first-come/first-serve basis?

All domain name registrations within the ".ZUERICH" space will be held by the Canton of Zurich itself. The Canton of Zurich may, in its sole discretion, from time to time elect to license the use of ".ZUERICH" domain names to affiliated businesses or organizations who have dealings in the region, and relevant government and municipal offices, but the Canton of Zurich shall be the registrant of record for all domain names within the TLD space.

This single-registrant system will ensure that the TLD remains a tightly controlled, safe space for Internet users, and will ensure that the network of registrations remains well-organized. These protections will naturally inure to the benefit of Internet users who wish to interact or communicate with the Canton of Zurich online.


ii) Explain any cost benefits for registrants you intend to implement (e.g., advantageous pricing, introductory discounts, bulk registration discounts).

As outlined above, all domain name registrations in the TLD space will be held by the Canton of Zurich itself. Thus, it will be unnecessary to offer bulk discount pricing.


iii) Do you intend to make contractual commitments to registrants regarding the magnitude of price escalation?

As noted above, the Canton of Zurich will be the sole holder of all domain name registrations in the TLD. Accordingly, the Canton does not intend to make any commitments regarding the magnitude of price escalation.


A full text draft version of the anticipated Domain Name Registration and Usage Policy for ".ZUERICH" is provided below.

Domain Name Registration and Use Policy for ".ZUERICH"

I. General principles

1. Purpose

The ".ZUERICH" Top Level Domain (ʺTLDʺ) established by and for the use of the Canton of Zurich, the Registry Operator for the TLD space. The Canton will, with the advice and assistance of the Registry Service Provider KSregistry GmbH, the consulting company Thomsen Trampedach GmbH, and relevant governmental bodies, develop, maintain and enforce effective TLD management strategies to manage the ".ZUERICH" space.

This Policy is intended to be updated and revised regularly to reflect the needs of the Canton of Zurich and its TLD. The current version of this Policy will be made publicly available on the registry website under ".ZUERICH," which will be created prior to the launch.

The registration of domain names within the ".ZUERICH" TLD shall be restricted to the Canton itself, thus following a single-registrant model. The Canton may, in its sole discretion, elect to license registrations within this space to any of its affiliates, including inter alia, Cantonal and city governmental divisions, and local public authorities.

2. Registration Policy

As indicated above, the ".ZUERICH" space will follow a single-registrant model. Thus, the Canton of Zurich shall be the only entity eligible to register domain names within the ".ZUERICH" TLD.

II. Domain Allocation Rules

3. String Requirements and Reserved Names

String Requirements

Second-Level Domain names within the TLD must only include hyphens in the third and fourth position if they represent valid internationalized domain names in their ASCII encoding (for example ʺxn--ndk061nʺ), and must otherwise comply with any other applicable ICANN requirements.

Reserved Names

1. The label "EXAMPLE" shall be reserved at the second level and at all other levels within the TLD at which Registry Operator makes registrations.
2. Two-character labels. All two-character labels shall be initially reserved. The reservation of a two-character label string may be released to the extent that Registry Operator reaches agreement with the government and country-code manager. The Registry Operator may also propose release of these reservations based on its implementation of measures to avoid confusion with the corresponding country codes.
3. Second-Level Reservations for Registry Operations. The following names are reserved for use in connection with the operation of the registry for the TLD.: NIC, WWW, IRIS and WHOIS.
4. The List of Reserved Names shall be compiled by the Canton and will be publicly posted online at [ website to be determined ]. The Canton reserves the right to include new names in the list of reserved names.

Country and Territory Names

The country and territory names contained in the following internationally recognized lists shall be initially reserved at the second level and at all other levels within the TLD at which the Registry Operator provides for registrations:

1. the short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166-1 list, as updated from time to time, including the European Union, which is exceptionally reserved on the ISO 3166-1 list, and its scope extended in August 1999 to any application needing to represent the name European Union ;
2. the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World; and
3. the list of United Nations member states in 6 official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names; provided, that the reservation of specific country and territory names may be released to the extent that Registry Operator reaches agreement with the applicable government(s), provided, further, that Registry Operator may also propose release of these reservations, subject to review by ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee and approval by ICANN.

Provisions for future development

Registration of certain types of domain names may be restricted to protect a particular part of the name space for future development of predictive addressing schemes.

III. Registration and Licensing Rules

4. Registration period and renewals

A ".ZUERICH" domain name may be registered, and renewed at the end of each registration period, subject to the current terms and conditions offered by the concerned Registrar.

5. Licensing of domain name registrations

The Canton of Zurich may, in its sole discretion, elect to license domain name registrations within the ".ZUERICH" space to its affiliates. Such affiliated entities may include, but are not limited to Cantonal and city governmental departments and municipalities, cultural and artistic organizations, or transportation authorities.

IV. Acceptable Usage Guidelines for ".ZUERICH" Domain Names

6. Acceptable Use

The ".ZUERICH" space is intended to function as the Canton of Zurich's online communications platform, and as such the registrations therein should generally support the goals and mission of the Canton.

The Canton intends that no domain name in the ".ZUERICH" space shall be used in a manner which:

- infringes any other third parties rights
- is in breach with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements

or for the purposes of:

- undertaking any illegal or fraudulent actions, including spam or phishing activities

The Canton of Zurich will routinely monitor the use of all domain names registered in the ".ZUERICH" space to ensure that the content displayed thereon is in the best interests of the Canton.

V. Dispute Resolution Policies

7. Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (ʺUDRPʺ)

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (ʺUDRPʺ) shall apply to any challenges to registered domain names on the grounds that: 1) such domain names are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark in which the complainant has rights, 2) the registrant lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name, and 3) the domain name has been registered and used in bad faith.. The full text of the UDRP is located at the following address: http://www.icann.org/dndr/udrp/policy.htm

8. Uniform Rapid Suspension System ("URS")

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System ("URS") shall apply to any challenges to registered domain names on the grounds that: 1) such domain names are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark in which the complainant has rights, 2) the registrant lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name, and 3) the domain name has been registered and used in bad faith. The full text of the URS is located at the following address: [insert website when available].

9. Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP)

The Registry Operator for ".ZUERICH" shall agree to be bound by the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP). The Trademark PDDRP applies to challenges by trademark holders claiming that one or more of its marks have been infringed, and thereby the trademark holder has been harmed, by the registry operator's manner of operation or use of the gTLD. The full text of the Trademark PDDRP is located at the following address: [insert website when available].×

Is this a Community-based TLD?

No

Is this a Geographic-based TLD?

Yes

Protection of Geographic Names

The Canton of Zurich has engaged KSregistry to deliver registry services for our TLD. This response describes protection of geographic names as implemented in the managed TLD registry service. A. PROTECTION OF GEOGRAPHIC NAMES In accordance with Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry... Read more

The Canton of Zurich has engaged KSregistry to deliver registry services for our TLD.

This response describes protection of geographic names as implemented in the managed TLD registry service.


A. PROTECTION OF GEOGRAPHIC NAMES

In accordance with Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement, the Registry Operator must initially reserve all geographic names at the second level and at all other levels within the TLD at which the Registry Operator provides for registrations.

We will support this requirement by using the following internationally recognized lists to develop a comprehensive master list of all geographic names that will be initially reserved:

- The 2-letter alpha-2 code of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166-1 list, including all reserved and unassigned codes [http://www.iso.org/iso/support/country_codes/iso_3166_code_lists/iso-31661_ decoding_table.htm];
- The short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166-1 list, including the European Union, which is exceptionally reserved on the ISO 3166-1 List, and its scope extended in August 1999 to any application needing to represent the name European Union [http://www.iso.org/iso/support/country_codes/iso_3166_code_lists/iso-31661_ decoding_table.htm#EU];
- The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World. This lists the names of 193 independent States generally recognised by the international community in the language or languages used in an official capacity within each country and is current as of August 2006 [http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/ungegn%20tech%20ref%20manual_M87_combined.pdf]; and
- The list of UN member states in 6 official UN languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the standardization of Geographical Names [http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/docs/9th-uncsgndocs/ econf/9th_UNCSGN_e-conf-98-89-add1.pdf]

Names on this reserved list in the TLD registry will be prevented from registration, unless and until any such names are released from reservation per our release procedures generally described below.

A corresponding list of geographic names will be made available to the public via the Registry Operator's website in order to inform Registrars and potential Registrants of the reserved status of such names. The lists previously noted, will be regularly monitored for revisions and the reserved list, both within the registry and publicly facing, will continually be updated to reflect any changes.

In addition to these requirements, KSregistry is able to support our wishes in regards to the reservation of additional terms on a case by case basis. The managed TLD registry allows such additions to the reserved list to be made by appropriately authorized staff, with no further system development changes required.

The following applies to all Domain Names contained within the managed TLD registry reserved list:

- Attempts to register reserved Domain Names will be rejected;
- WHOIS queries for listed Domain Names will receive responses indicating their reserved status;
- Reserved names will not appear in the TLD zone file; and
- DNS queries for reserved domain names will result in an NXDOMAIN response.


B. PROCEDURES FOR RELEASE

We understand that if and when we wish to release any reserved names at a later date, this will require further approval from ICANN.

In order to release reserved names, we will have in place a special release mechanism, described below.

Consistent with the .info release of geographic names, as referenced in the New GTLD Applicant Guidebook, we will present the GAC Representatives with an option, at no charge, of objecting to release and use of any initially reserved names at the second level. However, as further detailed below, since such names will be used for the purposes of the representation of our organization and affiliates, it is almost impossible to anticipate any abuse or misconduct. Thus we reasonably believe that very few GAC Representatives, if any, would exercise this option. Nevertheless, the at-no-charge objection will remain an option for the GAC Representatives, in compliance with current ICANN requirements regarding geographic reserved names. We will make a proposal to ICANN via the RSEP or other future process created by ICANN for this purpose.

Generally, it is extremely unlikely that our authorized use of any "countryname.ZUERICH" or "cc.ZUERICH" domain name could be confusing to users, or otherwise offensive to any country. To the extent that use of any ".ZUERICH" domain was ever deemed confusing or offensive, we are likely to have a strong desire to resolve the situation quickly and respectfully to any affected country's sovereign interests. At minimum, we will ensure that its designated abuse contact is aware of the additional sensitivities that may potentially arise with respect to use of "cc.ZUERICH" or "countryname.ZUERICH" domains, such that any complaints of this nature are prioritized accordingly.×