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.WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program

8 December 2017

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Los Angeles – 8 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today designated an emergency interim registry operator for the generic top-level domain (gTLD) .WED.

An Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) may be temporarily activated if a gTLD registry operator reaches an emergency threshold of downtime for any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are: domain name system (DNS) resolution for registered domain names, operation of the shared registration system, operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., WHOIS), registry data escrow deposits and maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) requirements.

Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD.

The EBERO program is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time. The primary concern of the EBERO program is to protect registrants by ensuring that the five critical registry functions are available. ICANN's goal is to have the emergency event resolved as soon as possible.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.