18(c) What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs?

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.cataloniaGeneralitat de Catalunyadomini.catView

c. What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs (e.g., time or financial resource costs, as well as various types of consumer vulnerabilities)? What other steps will you take to minimize negative consequences⁄costs imposed upon consumers?

As explained in the registration polices above, the .catalonia TLD will be open to registrations by the Generalitat of Catalonia only. Moreover, the domain names will be used only for the Generalitat’s legitimate purposes.

This guarantees that no costs need to be borne by the owners of trademarks and other intellectual property rights to monitor the .catalonia zone and protect themselves against abuses from registrations. This also applies to personal names, geographical names, intergovernmental organizations based on international treaties, and so on.

Answers to enumerated question points:

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

As the .catalonia TLD is for the EXCLUSIVE USE of the Generalitat de Catalonia, first come, first served will be the only available and feasible option, should multiple applications for the same domain name occur; although this seems unlikely for this TLD model.

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

In a model in which the Registry is the sole and exclusive registrant of the domain names in the TLD, the Generalitat de Catalonia does not believe that it makes sense to apply any such pricing measure.

c) iii. Note that the Registry Agreement requires that registrars be offered the option to obtain initial domain name registrations for periods of one to ten years at the discretion of the registrar, but no greater than ten years. Additionally, the Registry Agreement requires advance written notice of price increases. Do you intend to make contractual commitments to registrants regarding the magnitude of price escalation? If so, please describe your plans.))

In accordance with Specification 9, point 6 of the Base TLD Registry Agreement, as published in Module 5 of the Applicant Guidebook, the Generalitat of Catalonia, taking into account that it will operate the .catalonia TLD for its EXCLUSIVE USE, will request an exemption to the Code of Conduct contained in Specification 9 of the Base TLD Registry Agreement. The Generalitat of Catalonia does not intend to provide any special contractual commitments to registrants, as the only allowed registrant will be the Generalitat of Catalonia itself.

Other than that, the Generalitat of Catalonia will comply with any of the TLD Registry Agreement’s obligations, such as offering registration of domain names for periods of one to ten years, and the pricing provisions as contained in the Agreement.

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