In Istanbul, the Board reviewed the history of the .AMAZON applications, from the development of the Applicant Guidebook to the present state of discussions with ACTO member states and the Amazon corporation. The Board had a discussion about whether it needed any additional inputs or information prior to taking a decision on the .AMAZON applications in line with the 10 March 2019 resolution, and agreed that it would be ready to move forward to a decision on the .AMAZON applications in light of the Amazon corporation’s 17 April 2019 proposal.
On 15 May 2019, the ICANN Board took action in accordance with the process established in the resolution adopted on 10 March 2019 and in recognition of all input received, directing ICANN org to continue processing the .AMAZON applications toward delegation.
The Board has taken this action in accordance with the process established in the resolution adopted on 10 March 2019, and in recognition of all input received relating to the applications. The Board recognizes the need to balance the concerns of all those involved, and to act fairly and transparently.
The Board is also cognizant that seven years has passed since the .AMAZON applications were originally submitted. And, since the Amazon corporation prevailed in its Independent Review Process against ICANNin July 2017, the ICANN Board and org have engaged with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), and the Amazon corporation to find a mutually acceptable solution, as evidenced by the many meetings, proposals, and letters received on the topic over the past few years.
The Board believed that its March 2019 resolution, allowing a further short period of time before the Board made a final decision about whether to move toward delegation of the .AMAZON applications, was appropriate and in line with requests by ACTO member states. The Board remained hopeful that additional time could lead to a mutually acceptable solution regarding those applications. However, the ACTO and the Amazon corporation were unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension of time for continued discussions.
The next step in the process is to publish the Public Interest Commitments (PICs), as proposed by the Amazon corporation, for a 30-day public comment period, per the established procedures of the New gTLDprogram.