Community Priority Evaluation (CPE)

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7 October 2014 – CPE Results Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results for 3 applications, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.


Understanding CPE

Overview

Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) is a method to resolve string contention, described in section 4.2 of the Applicant Guidebook (AGB). It will only occur if a community application is both in contention and elects to pursue CPE.

CPE is an independent analysis and any scores received in previous evaluation steps are not carried forward. CPE will be performed by a community priority panel appointed by ICANN – the Community Priority Panel will review and score the one or more community applications in a contention set, having elected CPE, against the four following criteria:

  • Community Establishment
  • Nexus between Proposed String and Community
  • Registration Policies
  • Community Endorsement

An application must score at least 14 points to prevail in a community priority evaluation. See section 4.2 of the Applicant Guidebook for full detail. For details regarding the panel's evaluation process, see the CPE Panel Process Document [PDF, 314 KB] under Resources.

CPE Eligibility

Fulfillment of the CPE Eligibility criteria explained below permits an applicant to begin the CPE process and ensures that applications as well as contention sets are in stable, viable states, i.e. are not at risk of an open matter affecting whether they will proceed.

Eligibility Requirements for Standard CPE Invitation

Once an application is eligible for CPE, it will be invited to CPE and have up to 21 days to accept the invitation and pay the CPE fees. The invitations will be posted to this page in the CPE Status section. The evaluation will begin no sooner than 14 days after the invitation to allow for final submission of application comments and correspondence to ICANN regarding the application.

To be eligible to begin Standard CPE Processing, an application must:

  • be a self-designated Community Application per section 1.2.3 of the AGB
  • have an application status of "Active"
  • be in an unresolved contention set (contention set status is either "Active" or "On-Hold" and at least one other application in the set has a status of either "Active or On-Hold"
  • not have a pending change request
  • not be in an active comment window for a recently approved changed request

Additionally, as per section 4.2 of the AGB, all remaining members of the contention set must have completed all previous stages of the process. All remaining applications in the contention set must:

  • have completed evaluation
  • have no pending objections
  • have addressed all applicable GAC Advice
  • not be classified in the "High Risk" category of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework

Eligibility Requirements for Accelerated Invitation to CPE

Once a community application has met the requirements listed below, ICANN will notify them of the option to request an Accelerated Invitation to CPE. An applicant is able to request an Accelerated Invitation to CPE when outstanding eligibility criteria do not have the potential to impact the community applicant's membership in a contention set and/or when the contention set as a whole may not have met all eligibility requirements for the standard CPE Invitation process.

After an Applicant has requested the Accelerated Invitation, the standard CPE Invitation process will commence, including posting on this web page.

To be eligible for an Accelerated Invitation to CPE, an application must:

  • be a self-designated Community Application per section 1.2.3 of the AGB
  • have a status of "Active" or "On-Hold"
  • be in an unresolved contention set (contention set status is either "Active" or "On-Hold" and at least one other application in the set has a status of either "Active or On-Hold")
  • not have a pending change request
  • not be in an active application comment window for an approved changed request
  • have addressed all applicable GAC Advice

Additionally, as per section 4.2 of the AGB, all remaining members of the contention set must have completed all previous stages of the process. All remaining applications in the contention set must:

  • have completed evaluation
  • have no pending objections
  • not be classified in the "High Risk" category of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework

CPE Resources

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Process documentation for Community Priority Evaluation is posted for informational purposes to provide transparency of the panel's evaluation process.

ICANN has published the CPE Guidelines produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit after considering ICANN community feedback on the first draft. The Guidelines are an accompanying document to the AGB, and are meant to provide additional clarity around the scoring principles outlined in the AGB. The Guidelines are intended to increase transparency, fairness and consistency in the evaluation process.

This document contains answers to common questions about CPE from applicants and other interested community members. The update from 19 September 2014 includes revisions to existing answers based on changes put forth in the "Update on Application Status and Contention Sets" Advisory.

The timeline has been updated to reflect changes made in the FAQ revision from 13 Aug 2014.

CPE Status

ICANN began inviting eligible applicants to elect the CPE process on 9 October 2013. The invitation date and evaluation results are represented in the table below. Important: application comments and letters of support or opposition must be submitted within 14 days of the CPE Invitation Date in order to be considered by the CPE Panel. Access the Application Comments page.

Application ID String Contention Set Number Applicant CPE Invitation Date Elected Status
1-1000-62742 IMMO 99 STARTING DOT LIMITED 09 October 2013 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(17 March 2014)

1-1025-18840 TAXI 225 Taxi Pay GmbH 09 October 2013 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(17 March 2014)

1-901-9391 OSAKA 130 Interlink Co., Ltd. 06 November 2013 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(30 July 2014)

1-1723-69677 TENNIS 136 TENNIS AUSTRALIA LTD 06 November 2013 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(17 March 2014)

1-1888-47714 MLS 144 The Canadian Real Estate Association 11 December 2013 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(17 March 2014)

1-1273-63351 GMBH 30 TLDDOT GmbH 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(12 June 2014)

1-880-17627 LLC 81 Dot Registry LLC 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(12 June 2014)

1-880-35979 INC 102 Dot Registry LLC 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(12 June 2014)

1-880-35508 LLP 45 Dot Registry LLC 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(12 June 2014)

1-1083-39123 RADIO 33 European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(10 September 2014)

1-1032-95136 HOTEL 51 HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(12 June 2014)

1-1675-51302 ART 72 EFLUX.ART, LLC 19 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(10 September 2014)

1-1097-20833 ART 72 Dadotart, Inc. 20 February 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(10 September 2014)

1-912-59314 ECO 22 Big Room Inc. 12 March 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(7 October 2014)

1-1309-46695 KIDS 1,330 DotKids Foundation Limited 16 April 2014 Pending Eligibility
1-1713-23699 GAY 179 dotgay llc 23 April 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(7 October 2014)

1-959-51046 MUSIC 106 .music LLC 18 June 2014 Yes

Evaluation Complete

(7 October 2014)

1-890-52063 SHOP 1593 GMO Registry, Inc. 8 October 2014 Yes

Evaluation in Progress

CPE Archive

News & Views Archive

Below find archival materials documenting milestones in the formation and implementation of Community Priority Evaluation, listed in reverse chronological order.

10 September 2014 – CPE Results Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results for 3 applications, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.

10 September 2014 – CPE Eligibility Criteria, FAQs and Timeline Updated

ICANN has made minor revisions to the CPE eligibility criteria for both a standard invitation and an accelerated invitation to align with recent changes put forth in the "Update on Application Status and Contention Sets" Advisory. These revisions reflect the current definitions of "active" and "on-hold" for both applications and contention sets. For more details, please see the updated eligibility criteria below. The corresponding questions and answers on the FAQ page [PDF, 377 KB] have also been updated, and the timeline has also been updated to reflect changes made in the last FAQ revision.

13 August 2014 – CPE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updated

ICANN has updated the CPE FAQs. The update includes revisions to existing answers based on lessons learned over the past nine months of CPE operations as well as the addition of answers to questions regarding Accelerated Invitation to CPE.

7 August 2014 – Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Panel Process Document Released

ICANN has published the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) process documents for Community Priority Evaluation (CPE). This document provides detail of the process the EIU employs to perform the CPE.

30 July 2014 – Additional Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Result Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results for 1 application, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.

12 June 2014 – Additional Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results for 5 applications, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.

28 May 2014 – Accelerated Invitation to Elect CPE

In effort to maintain program momentum, ICANN has enhanced the CPE invitation process to allow for community applicants to begin the CPE process earlier. The new process provides the community applicant the ability to Opt-In to a CPE invite sooner than the standard Eligibility Criteria. If they qualify, the community applicant can request an invitation to elect CPE. This would allow them to initiate the CPE process sooner than current requirements allow. Select the following link for more information about the process

18 March 2014 – First Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results Released

ICANN has published the first four results of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process.

25 October 2013 – Additional Community Priority Evaluation Resources Available

Community Priority Evaluation FAQs and a CPE processing timeline are now available.

09 October 2013 – CPE Invitations Sent to Eligible Applicants

Find out which applicants have been invited and where their applications are in the process. This information will be updated regularly as invitations are sent and evaluations are performed and completed.

27 September 2013 – Final Community Priority Evaluation Guidelines Published

The Economist Intelligence Unit finalized its CPE Guidelines after considering ICANN community feedback. The Guidelines have been made public to ensure quality, consistency and transparency in the evaluation process.

10 September 2013 – CPE Teleconference Content Available

ICANN holds a teleconference to discuss the details of Community Priority Evaluation with applicants.

09 September 2013 – Feedback on Draft CPE Guidelines

Applicants respond to ICANN's call for input on the Community Priority Evaluation Guidelines created by panel firm EIU.

16 August 2013 – CPE Draft Guidelines & Community Review

EIU, the CPE panel firm, develops a set of guidelines based on the criteria in the Applicant Guidebook to be used in the evaluation process. Applicants and community members are invited to provide feedback.

16 August 2013 – CPE Resources

ICANN publishes a set of resources to guide eligible applicants through the Community Priority Evaluation process.

14 June 2013 – Community Priority Evaluation Early Election

ICANN offers a means for applicants to indicate their intent to elect for Community Priority Evaluation prior to the launch of CPE operations.

CPE Resources Archive