What Is the CPE?
From the New gTLD Application Guidebook
4.2 Community Priority Evaluation
Community priority evaluation will only occur if a community-based applicant selects this option. Community priority evaluation can begin once all applications in the contention set have completed all previous stages of the process.
The community priority evaluation is an independent analysis. Scores received in the applicant reviews are not carried forward to the community priority evaluation. Each application participating in the community priority evaluation begins with a score of zero.
4.2.1 Eligibility for Community Priority Evaluation
As described in subsection 1.2.3 of Module 1, all applicants are required to identify whether their application type is:
• Community-based; or
Applicants designating their applications as community based are also asked to respond to a set of questions in the application form to provide relevant information if a community priority evaluation occurs.
Only community-based applicants are eligible to participate in a community priority evaluation. At the start of the contention resolution stage, all community-based applicants within remaining contention sets will be notified of the opportunity to opt for a community priority evaluation via submission of a deposit by a specified date. Only those applications for which a deposit has been received by the deadline will be scored in the community priority evaluation. Following the evaluation, the deposit will be refunded to applicants that score 14 or higher.
Before the community priority evaluation begins, the applicants who have elected to participate may be asked to provide additional information relevant to the community priority evaluation.
4.2.2 Community Priority Evaluation Procedure
Community priority evaluations for each eligible contention set will be performed by a community priority panel appointed by ICANN to review these applications. The panel’s role is to determine whether any of the community based applications fulfills the community priority criteria.
Standard applicants within the contention set, if any, will not participate in the community priority evaluation. If a single community-based application is found to meet the community priority criteria (see subsection 4.2.3 below), that applicant will be declared to prevail in the community priority evaluation and may proceed. If more than one community-based application is found to meet the criteria, the remaining contention between them will be resolved as follows:
• In the case where the applications are in indirect contention with one another (see subsection 4.1.1), they will both be allowed to proceed to the next stage. In this case, applications that are in direct contention with any of these community-based applications will be eliminated.
• In the case where the applications are in direct contention with one another, these applicants will proceed to an auction. If all parties agree and present a joint request, ICANN may postpone the auction for a three-month period while the parties attempt to reach a settlement before proceeding to auction. This is a one-time option; ICANN will grant no more than one such request for each set of contending applications.
Interview on History of Community gTLDs
ALAC Statement on Preferential Treatment for Community Applications in String Contention
ALAC Statement on Community Expertise in Community Priority Evaluation