A. General Description of the Charter
1. TLD String Requested
Special Purpose Membership
.ECO will as defined by the International Co-operative Alliance's
Statement on the Co-operative Identity setup a membership
autonomous association of persons & organizations united to
meet their common economic, social, cultural, needs
and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically
controlled top-level Internet domain .ECO
The IPB corporation has initiated through the Open Nic Project the formal request
to develop and sponsor the .eco TLD as a means of bridging the common points
of interest between economies and ecology. It is planned that this effort will help
build a common global forum between the two bodies and promote the best types
of practices that can have a beneficial and lasting effect on humanity and the
planet. IPB targets a qualified membership registrant base, with a particular focus
on the end user base having a goal of conducting it's affairs in an honorable and a
sustainably progressive manner so as to promote a high level of best practices for
the .eco community.
3. Registry Operator
IPB corporation was created during 2005 and incorporated by 2006 as the eventual
recipient of staff, resources and clients from it's predecessor companies. IPB's
being given all this enabled it to launch Internet related services that were the
outgrowth of prior software and hardware developments. As a Florida based
corporation, IPB benefits by the the rapid growth and development which is the
hallmark of Florida's rise in status as a economic and geographic powerhouse.
The unique experience of software development, hosting and audio/video
streaming services and it's current 5 distributed master DNS routing servers at
220.127.116.11 thru 18.104.22.168 which currently process over 7 billion look-up
requests a day.
This makes IPB ideally suited to the demands that will be placed on the companies
staff to do what is necessary to make the project a success.
Due to the scale at which IPB's services are currently being used globally and
the large scale distribution of services through it's existing Internet platform, it
has been proven conclusively that the assignment and distribution of .eco
designations and it's accompanying website content can be distributed with ease.
4. Registry-Registrar Model
For the first 4 year term from initial launch to 4 calendar years maturity, IPB in it's
current and eventual form will be the sole managing agent and registrar for the
cooperative. This is vital to the overall intent of providing the domain holders
with a consistent and progressive growth in a cooperative type of environment
that fosters trust and a fertile atmosphere of sharing the best ideas and practices
to be used by those who are part of the cooperative environment.
IPB will act as the managing agent in the day to day operations for the 4 year period
as outlined in the cooperative management guidelines, with a renewable clause
which provides for a continuation after that period based on the body of active
users/members individually being given one vote per registered .eco to reaffirm
their support of IPB's management relationship.
Other related affairs and policy procedures conducted by IPB Corporation
that are essential for daily operations will be contained in the latter outlined
cooperative management guidelines.
B. Technical Review
1. Summary Description
IPB Corporation proposes a sponsored (.eco) TLD that is devoted to a cooperative
type of setting that harmonizes economics with ecology in a globally sustainable
environment. Due to an unknown number of applicants and potentially qualified
holders of this designation, preparations are being made for internal systems
to support millions of users. Technically, a combination of traditional and new
innovations will be blended to create a hybrid architecture to administrate the
day to day operations that will be reflected in the front end user interface as
well as DNS administrative tools.
2. Support of Charter Plan by the Technical Plan
a. The start-up period is projected to be slow but with an aggressive timetable
to be executed over a period of 90 days from launch to completion of
phase 1. Subsequent actions will be determined by the volume of users
and resources necessary to continually expand services for staffing
and revenues necessary for infrastructure support of the project.
b. The projected growth rate is estimated to be slow during phase 1 but with
promotional efforts and referrals it is expected to grow exponentially within
the following 6 months. The current and proposed hardware needs are
therefore considered to be not only adequate but meet all anticipated
c. The total capacity of this project has been designed to be scalable based
on the new hybrid model. This takes the best of what is currently been
used and proven in the area of software and hardware and also the new
innovations designed by IPB Corporation. The result is a fault tolerant
system that requires minimal manpower for operation as well as systems
designed to service the client without being labor and time intensive as
has been the case with some current business models. Additional services
needed by a client will be available on a as needed basis through an
automated services ticket feature.
d. Security is an important factor and is addressed through standardized means
already available and considered as generally accepted by industry peers.
This will continue to be a point of focus due to the growing needs and the
continual security challenges that are directed towards projects of this
nature on a daily basis.
e. Member services will be refined due to the importance of a cooperative
type of environment. This subject is important due to the shared objectives
of those participating whether it is an individual or and organization. Each
registered member will be given the opportunity to have a voice and a means
of participation so that a collective consensus of this project continues to
give the best possible experience and demonstrate the projects potential
as it is expanded. A distributed model of member participation and the
responsibilities will help the secondary expansion phase in order to meet the
needs of new staffing and resources. Project innovations come from member
ranks so that new ideas and opportunities can first come from within instead
of outside this project.
3. Synergies with oversight group
The .ECO cooperative in order to provide an atmosphere that ensures compatibility and
compliance with member organizations and others who may collaborate with this
project, will elect members as needed to serve on oversight committees to review and
recommend necessary procedures and policies to the general body for approval and action.
4. Management Grievance Policy
The cooperative has employed a management firm to handle and police it's membership
operations and it is empowered to take action against members up to and not excluding
revoking membership status from the cooperative.
In the case of any member disputes requiring further arbitration, an additional
process fee of $100.00 will be collected before arbitration will be started. Once filed
the three parties involved:
1.> The originator of the arbitration request
2.> The other party in the original grievance
3.> The management firm who made the initial decision
All will have 1 week to prepare and deliver by email their statements.
These statements will then be sent to the entire membership via a bulk mail.
This bulk mail will use the standard verifiable independent ballot
system where the email will include a spot for casting an electronic vote.
The membership will then have 1 week to revue and cast their electronic vote.
Absentee ballots not cast by that time will revert back to a proxy vote by the
management company. Should the decision be in favor of the filing party the
levying fee will be returned. A subsequent bulk mail will inform the membership
of the outcome.
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