After long months of analysis of public opinion full of fears and speculations, ICANN is proposing a plan for prioritizing applications through the steps leading to delegation. The plan describes assignment of priorities through the use of a Draw or Drawing. Draw or Drawing means the priority those assigned to each application will be used to schedule the release of initial evaluation results, pre-delegation testing, and contract execution. The proposal seeks to complete processing in an expedited manner, serve the public interest and provide an equitable prioritization mechanism.
The proposed plan is posted for a 30-day comment period.
The plan is posted at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/batching/drawing-prioritization-10oct12-en.pdf .
The comment forum is at http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/drawing-prioritization-10oct12-en.htm.