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ICANN Seeks Back-up Registry Operators

18-Sep-2011 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 6418
MARINA DEL REY, CA - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) [PDF, 660 KB] to identify potential Emergency Back-End Registry Operators (EBERO), according to a press release by the Corporation. 

One of ICANN's core missions is to preserve the operational security and stability of the Internet while also supporting open competition. With the upcoming launch of the New generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) program, the Internet will see a number of new gTLD registry operators. Although all applicants must meet technical, operational and financial requirements (see the gTLD Applicant Guidebook – http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/dag-en.htm) the community developed new gTLD program includes provision for a backup process. The EBERO is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time or in the case of transition for one registry operator to another. 

Candidates are expected to meet the requirements outlined in the RFI, which requires, for example, at least three years of experience in operating Domain Name services (DNS) and one year of experience operating Registration Data Directory Services (RDDS) and Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) services. Besides the technical requirements, ICANN seeks candidates from geographically diverse regions in order to provide local service to registries in all regions and provide alternate sites in case of local disasters. 

ICANN is looking forward to receiving comprehensive information from the potential candidates. Negotiations with certain respondents to the RFI that provide comprehensive information will be initiated for the purpose of creating process details and entering into an agreement to provide backend services. The deadline for responses is November 30, 2011 at 23:59 UTC. Please direct your information to ebero@icann.org. Responses after the deadline will not be considered.
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