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ICANN: Milestone: First of the Contracted Registries Pass Pre-Delegation Testing

ICANN new generic Top Level Domains logoThe first three new gTLD applicants have successfully completed Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT), marking another major development in the New gTLD Program. Passing PDT means that new Registries have met the technical and operational requirements, as outlined in section 5.2 of the Applicant Guidebook, necessary to operate the gTLD in a stable and secure manner.

After signing Registry Agreements with ICANN in July 2013, these new Registries began testing on 5 August 2013. All three passed PDT and will be transitioned to ICANN’s Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) department. IANA will manage the process of delegating these new gTLDs into the Root Zone of the Internet, which is expected to occur in late September 2013.

Learn more about Pre-Delegation Testing »

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-26aug13-en

ICANN: Consultation on gTLD Delegation and Redelegation Performance Standards

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): A consultation on developing performance standards for Delegation and Redelegation of a gTLD.

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract

(SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objective:

    C.2.8 Performance Standards — Within six (6) months of award, the Contractor shall develop performance standards, in collaboration with all interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3, for each of the IANA functions as set forth at C.2.9 to C.2.9.4 and post via a website.

This consultation involves the operation of the Delegations and Redelegations of Generic Top Level Doamins (gTLDs) described in the IANA functions contract as the following:

C.2.9.2.d Delegation and Redelegation of a Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) ‑ The Contractor shall verify that all requests related to the delegation and redelegation of gTLDs are consistent with the procedures developed by ICANN. In making a delegation or redelegation recommendation, the Contractor must provide documentation verifying that ICANN followed its own policy framework including specific documentation demonstrating how the process provided the opportunity for input from relevant stakeholders and was supportive of the global public interest. The Contractor shall submit its recommendations to the COR via a Delegation and Redelegation Report.

Section II: Background

This is one of a series of consultations to establish performance standards for the delivery of the IANA functions, as described in contract SA1301-12-CN-0035.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

Comment/Reply Periods
Comment Open:     15 January 2013
Comment Close:     28 February 2013
Close Time (UTC):     23:59 UTC     Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open:     1 March 2013     To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close:     21 March 2013     View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC):     23:59 UTC     Report of Public Comments

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/gtld-drd-15jan13-en.htm

Preditable WCIT Outcome Sees US Lead Objections To ITU’s Internet Governance Changes

It was the most likely outcome. Predictable even. But the US led a walkout of delegates from mostly western countries at the conclusion of the 12 day World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai yesterday, saying they were unable to agree to any changes in internet governance.

Changes proposed would have impacted on roles such as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s role in being responsible for the operation and maintenance of a number of key aspects of the domain name system (DNS).

The US delegate to the WCIT announced that the “US must communicate that it is not able to sign the agreement in the current form.”

We candidly cannot support an ITU treaty that is inconsistent with a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. As the ITU has stated, this conference was never meant to focus on internet issues; however, today we are in a situation where we still have text and resolutions that cover issues on spam and also provisions on internet governance.

In a statement delivered from the floor of the conference, Ambassador Terry Kramer went on to say the US “cannot support an ITU treaty that is inconsistent with a multi-stakeholder model of internet governance. As the ITU has stated, this conference was never meant to focus on internet issues; however, today we are in a situation where we still have text and resolutions that cover issues on spam and also provisions on internet governance. These past two weeks, we have of course made good progress and shown a willingness to negotiate on a variety of telecommunications policy issues, such as roaming and settlement rates, but the United States continues to believe that internet policy must be multi-stakeholder driven. Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from the private sector and civil society is paramount. This has not happened here.”

The position was supported by a wide range of mostly western countries, with the US, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Egypt, Canada, Poland, Qatar and Kenya all objecting to the changes and not being in a position of not being able to sign the treaty as planned on Friday.

But the changes that will be agreed upon by a range of countries, mostly in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, could mean the internet develops differently in different regions.

On Wednesday night a “non-binding resolution was debated which suggested the UN agency’s leadership should ‘continue to take the necessary steps for ITU to play an active and constructive role in the development of broadband and the multi-stakeholder model of the internet,’” reported BBC News.

This was opposed by the US and European governments.

While the treaty is due to be signed at 13:30 GMT on Friday, it was predictable that western countries, led by the US would object to any changes to internet governance as they had been resolute at the outset there were certain changes they would not countenance.

For more information, see the news reports below.

US, UK and Canada refuse to sign UN’s internet treaty
www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20717774

Talks on Internet treaty fail as U.S. bloc won’t sign
in.reuters.com/article/2012/12/14/telecom-treaty-us-idINDEE8BC0FU20121214

U.N. summit implodes as U.S., others spurn Internet treaty
news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559034-38/u.n-summit-implodes-as-u.s-others-spurn-internet-treaty/

U.S. Intervention at the World Conference on International Telecommunications: statement delivered by Ambassador Terry Kramer from the floor of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) on December 13, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/12/202037.htm

WCIT Split After Split “Vote” On Internet Governance Resolution
www.ip-watch.org/2012/12/13/wcit-split-after-split-vote-on-internet-governance-resolution/

Internet humbles UN telecoms agency
news.dot-nxt.com/2012/12/14/internet-humbles-un-telecoms-a

Why the ITU is the wrong place to set Internet standards
arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/why-the-itu-is-the-wrong-place-to-set-internet-standards/

U.S. Snubs U.N. Telecom Treaty With Rest Of West At Dubai Conference [AP]
www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/us-un-telecom-treaty_n_2296442.html

The Masters of the Internet by Timothy Karr, Campaign Director, Free Press and SavetheInternet.com
www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/the-masters-of-the-intern_b_2291855.html

Russia backtracks on internet governance proposals but compromise emerges

A Russian proposal to transfer the internet addressing role that the US government currently delegates to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is being opposed by the US.

The Russians are currently working with a number of other countries at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) that concludes Friday in Dubai on a compromise that would see the mission of the United Nations agency extended to the internet. But the US has signalled it is not interested.

However there are many countries siding with the US, including most Europeans and some other advanced economies, who want to limit the ITU to oversight of international phone calls and other means of communication.

And the ITU has said there must be consensus for any change to occur.

To read more, check out the following reports:

Russia backtracks on internet governance proposals
Russian-backed proposals calling for 193 countries to be given “equal rights to manage the internet” have been pulled at a UN conference in Dubai.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/20676293

Compromise emerges in global talks on Internet oversight
Hopes rose on Tuesday for a compromise agreement that would keep intrusive government regulation of the Internet from being enshrined in a global treaty.
uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/uk-un-internet-treaty-idUKBRE8BB00Z20121212

WCIT goes dark: deadlock hits key telecoms conference
The WCIT is going dark with just one day left to rewrite the international telecommunication regulations (ITRs) and a number of significant issues remaining unresolved.
news.dot-nxt.com/2012/12/11/wcit-goes-dark-deadlock-hits-k

ICANN: Consultation on IANA Secure Notification Process

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): A consultation on the IANA Secure Notification Process, as part of the 2012 IANA Functions Contract. The feedback received during this consultation will help ICANN implement a secure notification system that best meets the needs of the relevant stakeholders.

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract (SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objective:

C.3.2 Secure Systems Notification — The Contractor shall implement and thereafter operate and maintain a secure notification system at a minimum, capable of notifying all relevant stakeholders of the discrete IANA functions, of such events as outages, planned maintenance, and new developments. In all cases, the Contractor shall notify the COR of any outages.

Section II: Background

This is one of a series of consultations for the delivery of the IANA functions, as described in contract SA1301-12-CN-0035.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

Comment Open:     12 December 2012
Comment Close:     10 January 2013
Close Time (UTC):     23:59 UTC     Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open:     11 January 2013     To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close:     31 January 2013     View Comments Submitted

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/iana-secure-notification-12dec12-en.htm

ICANN: Consultation on the IANA Customer Service Complaint Resolution Process

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): A consultation on establishing and implementing a Customer Service Complaint Resolution Process for the 2012 IANA functions contract

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract (SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objective:

   C.2.9.2.g The Contractor shall work with NTIA and collaborate with all interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3 to establish and implement within six (6) months after date of contract award a process for IANA function customers to submit complaints for timely resolution that follows industry best practice and includes a reasonable timeframe for resolution.

Section II: Background

This is one of a series of consultations to establish performance standards for the delivery of the IANA functions, as described in contract SA1301-12-CN-0035.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

Comment Open:     27 November 2012
Comment Close:     18 December 2012
Close Time (UTC):     23:59 UTC – Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open:     19 December 2012 – To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close:     9 January 2013     View Comments – View Comments Submitted

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/iana-complaint-resolution-27nov12-en.htm

ICANN: Consultation on Internet Number Resources Performance Standards

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): A consultation on developing performance standards for Internet Number Resources management

Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract (SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objective:

C.2.8 Performance Standards — Within six (6) months of award, the Contractor shall develop performance standards, in collaboration with all interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3, for each of the IANA functions as set forth at C.2.9 to C.2.9.4 and post via a website.

This consultation involves the allocation of Internet numbering resources described in the IANA functions contact as the following:

C.2.9.3 Allocate Internet Numbering Resources — The Contractor shall have responsibility for allocated and unallocated IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Number (ASN) space based on established guidelines and policies as developed by interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3. The Contractor shall delegate IP address blocks to Regional Internet Registries for routine allocation typically through downstream providers to Internet end-users within the regions served by those registries.

Section II: Background

This is one of a series of consultations to establish performance standards for the delivery of the IANA functions, as described in contract SA1301-12-CN-0035.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

Comment Open: 20 November 2012
Comment Close: 11 December 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC  – Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 12 December 2012 – To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close: 7 January 2012 – View Comments Submitted

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/iana-kpis-20nov12-en.htm

ICANN: Implementing the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA

ICANN logoSection I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: The Board ratified the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA in May. This public comment period is intended to gather input on options for implementation.

Section II: Background: The policy requires ICANN to “make appropriate modifications to the ‘Internet Protocol V4 Address Space’ page of the IANA website.” Since the policy was ratified, the RIRs have returned approximately 1¼ /8s of address space in almost 150 prefixes. The purpose of this consultation [PDF, 371 KB] is to gather input on the most appropriate way to make these changes for the different users of the IANA IPv4 address registries.

The policy also requires IPv4 addresses to be allocated to the RIRs and we would like to gather input on the most appropriate mechanism to select the address blocks to be allocated.

Section III: Document and Resource Links

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 4 October 2012
Comment Close: 25 October 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 26 October 2012 To Submit Your Comments (Forum)
Reply Close: 15 November 2012 View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: IANA Department
Categories/Tags: Internet Protocol Addressing
Purpose (Brief): The Board ratified the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA in May. This public comment period is intended to gather input on options open for implementation.
Current Status: Awaiting public comment
Next Steps: Decide on implementation
Staff Contact: Leo Vegoda Email: leo.vegoda@icann.org

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/implementing-ipv4-post-04oct12-en.htm

ICANN Proposal to Perform IANA Functions Now Posted

IANA logoICANN posted a redacted version of its 31 May 2012 proposal to provide the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded the contract to ICANN on 2 July 2012. The contract incorporates by reference the ICANN proposal and two responses to requests for additional information.

The original proposal is organized into two volumes: Volume I includes the technical and management approaches, information on past performance and documentation demonstrating fulfillment of mandatory factors spelled out in the solicitation. Because of its size, Volume I has been saved into three separate PDFs:

Volume II [PDF, 2.98 MB] includes financial information and project funding strategy. Also posted are two responses to requests for additional information:

ICANN staff made three redactions. First, we redacted from the security section confidential information about ICANN‘s internal networks. Second, we redacted Appendix D “IANA Data Classification Standards” from Volume I, as it is still in draft form and proceeding through internal review. Finally, in our response to a request for additional information, we redacted the portion of the subject line of the letter that stated, “Confidential and Business Proprietary” as this statement is no longer applicable.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-09jul12-en.htm

ICANN: IANA 2012 Customer Survey Results Summary

IANA logoIn April and May 2012 ICANN invited users of the root zone management; protocol parameters management; and Internet Number Resources management services to participate in a customer satisfaction survey.

We have now analyzed the results and are happy to report that the response rate was very healthy 22% and the feedback was very positive. This report summarizes the survey methodology and the responses received.