New gTLD .WEB: Afilias vs ICANN, Verisign $VRSN & Nu Dot Co?

ICANN's new gTLD .WEB -- It's not over till it's over: 
New gTLD .WEB Applicant (and second-highest bidder) Afilias (domain: afilias.info) Requests Update on ICANN’s Investigation of .WEB Contention Set and Further, Requests Documents under ICANN’s Documentary Information Disclosure Policy:

23 February 2018 Letter from Arif Ali of Dechert LLP on behalf of .WEB applicant Afilias to ICANN Board of Directors & ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby (pdf)--Request for Update on ICANN's Investigation of .WEB Contention Set and Request for Documents under ICANN's Documentary Information Disclosure Policy--embed further below--excerpt:
"Therefore, pursuant to ICANN’s transparency obligations, we respectfully request that ICANN provide an update on the status of ICANN’s investigation of the .WEB contention set, including: (1) the steps (if any) taken by ICANN to disqualify NDC’s [Nu Dot Co LLC] bid on the basis that NDC violated the rules applicable to its application; and (2) the steps (if any) taken by ICANN to assess competition issues arising out of delegation of .WEB to Verisign.
"We further request that ICANN take no action in regards to .WEB until Afilias can review and respond to the documents provided as a result of the below DIDP request; and that ICANN confirm that it has not, and will not, enter into a registry agreement for .WEB with NDC until, to the extent Afilias seeks review of any decisions relating to .WEB through ICANN’s accountability mechanisms, such mechanisms are completed. We nonetheless emphasize that Afilias reserves all of its rights to pursue any and all rights or remedies available to it in any forum against ICANN, NDC, or Verisign in connection with the delegation of the .WEB gTLD." (emphasis added)

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UPDATE: A look back at the .WEB auction results, July 27, 2016--Afilias was the lone bidder against Nu Dot Co (financed by Verisign) above the $57,500,000 - $71,900,00 round:
*Also note that Charleston Road Registry Inc. is Google's affiliate registry operator.

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