Background on ISOC's Bid
June 18, 2002, the Internet Society (ISOC) submitted an application to
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to be
assigned as the new registry operator for the .ORG top-level domain (TLD).
This application was submitted in response to ICANN's requests for proposals for new registry
operators. ICANN is currently seeking a new registry operator to assume
control of the .ORG registry when its current agreement with VeriSign
expires on December 31, 2002.
Should ISOC's application be accepted by ICANN, ISOC proposes to form a new corporation, to be called
Public Interest Registry, Inc. (PIR). ISOC has also entered into a Letter
of Intent with Afilias Limited to provide back-end registry services.
The strength of ISOC's bid rest on four key cornerstones:
Responsiveness to the Noncommercial Community
- If awarded the
bid, the Public Interest Registry (PIR) is envisioned to serve as a
benchmark for registry services that are operated in the interest of
the public and that are responsive to the needs of the noncommercial
- PIR will have the
benefit of ISOC's established expertise and history that will enable
it to manage both policy and strategy for the domain and will be able
to create and perform services that are in line with the interests of
- ISOC has earned
the respect of the Internet and noncommercial communities and has a
global constituency that provides deep understanding of the policy and
management issues facing TLDs, as well as keen insight into proposed
enhancements to .ORG.
- ISOC has proposed
a global marketing and public relations program that PIR can execute
to address the growing need within the noncommercial community for education
about the Internet and its benefits.
- ISOC has already
received many letters of support from various members of the noncommercial
community worldwide who believe that PIR will be a registry that truly
represents the needs of the noncommercial community and can make .ORG
the true global home of noncommercial entities on the Internet.
- ISOC's back-end
provider, Afilias, is the registry operator for .INFO, the most successful
of the seven new generic top-level domain (gTLDs), and the .VC country
code top-level domain (ccTLD).
- Afilias manages
more than 850,000 names in .INFO using the new EPP (Extensible Provisioning
Protocol) standard for registry operations-and has spearheaded the use
of EPP, including the first implementation of EPP's transfer capability.
- Through its current
architecture and DNS partners, Afilias is able to ensure resolution
of Web sites in less than 15 minutes, on average.
- Afilias currently
supports more than 90 ICANN-accredited registrars. Together these registrars
already handle 99% of .ORG's current registrations.
- Afilias has prepared
an EPP transition plan based on experience both with its registrars
and a similar conversion being managed in Australia for parts of the
.AU domain in Australia.
Stable & Reliable International Infrastructure
- ISOC is the foremost
nonprofit organization focused exclusively on Internet issues - and
has been for more than ten years.
- ISOC, as a professional
membership society with more than 150 organizational and 10,000 individual
members in over 120 countries, has a true global platform from which
to pool insight and resources to ensure that the .ORG registry can respond
to the needs of the international noncommercial community.
- ISOC, through
its role as the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task
Force (www.IETF.org), Internet Architecture Board (www.IAB.org) and
other related organizations has consistently supported the development
standards and policies that seek to maintain a stable Internet infrastructure.
- Afilias brings
technology to .ORG that will speed resolution times, increase reliability,
enhance security, protect information, and provide stability. Afilias'
systems and technology base are standards-compliant, flexible, fault-tolerant,
and proven under challenging operational conditions. It has partnered
with world class suppliers such as UltraDNS and IBM, to deliver fast,
Industry Knowledge & Experience
- The Internet standards
process (IETF) is an activity of the Internet Society that is organized
and managed on behalf of the Internet community by the IAB and the Internet
Engineering Steering Group (www.IESG.org). This is the foundation of
every modern network or Internet product and service.
- As a back-end registry
services provider, Afilias brings tremendous experience as its flagship
domain - .INFO - remains the most successful and longest running new
gTLD with over 850,000 names under management.
- Afilias is a tested
and proven registry services company that is a pioneer in the development
of next-generation registry technology and the implementation of EPP.
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