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ICANN: IDN ccTLD Request From Mongolia Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN logoICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Mongolia.

Details of the successful evaluation are provided here: www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion/m

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

  • the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
  • the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
  • a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

  • Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through an online system together with additional material supporting the process at www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track.
  • String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria described above.
  • String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt@iana.org.

With this announcement, a total of 30 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 21 countries/territories (represented by 31 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying for, delegation of the string. Up-to-date numbers about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track and at the ICANN Dashboard on Performance Metrics at https://charts.icann.org/public/index-idn.html.

ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email idncctldrequests@icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-20jun12-en.htm

US Government Reissues IANA Tender

The Department of Commerce has reissued the Request for Proposal (RFP) a new Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract.In the announcement regarding the re-issue of the contract, it is stated that the contract is awarded to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).The anticipated period of performance of this contract is October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2015.The continued performance of these functions is critical to preserving the stability and security of the Internet’s Domain Name System.The original tender was abandoned in March with the no proposals meeting the requirements, although the NTIA did not say if they received any bids, even from ICANN. ICANN’s CEO and president, Rod Beckstrom, also refused to say if ICANN had submitted a bid at their meeting in Costa Rica at the time.For details on the reissued RFP see:
www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2012/request-proposal-iana-functions-contract