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Implementation Planning, Execution, and NTIA’s Response

16 August 2016

Akram Atallah, Former President, Global Domains Division

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In order to fulfill the tasks assigned by NTIA and the community-developed proposals for the IANA stewardship transition, ICANN and the multistakeholder community have dedicated significant time and resources over the past eight months developing plans for implementation. The ICANN community and staff continue to work hard to ensure that all necessary tasks are completed and the proposals can be implemented in a timely manner in advance of 30 September 2016 to allow the IANA functions contract to expire.

On 9 June 2016, NTIA requested that ICANN submit an implementation planning status report by 12 August 2016. Last Friday, ICANN submitted a report to NTIA that stated: “All required tasks specified in NTIA’s 9 June 2016 letter are complete, and all other tasks in support of the transition are either in a final review stage or awaiting approval, which will be complete in advance of 30 September 2016 to allow the IANA functions contract to expire.”

In a letter to ICANN today, NTIA stated, “NTIA has thoroughly reviewed the report. Based on that review, barring any significant impediment, NTIA intends to allow the IANA functions contract to expire as of October 1.”

ICANN is pleased with NTIA’s statement and is focused on the remaining tasks to be completed by 30 September 2016:

  • Finalize the PTI Bylaws: ICANN is currently incorporating comments received during the public comment process that ran from 12 July-11 August and will post a final version on 18 August.
  • Finalize the ICANN-PTI Naming Function Agreement, which includes the customer service complaint and escalation mechanisms defined by the CWG-Stewardship: This Agreement is currently out for public comment until 9 September 2016, and a final version will be posted on 16 September 2016.
  • Finalize the ICANN-PTI Services Agreement: The Agreement is currently being reviewed and discussed with the multistakeholder community, and a final version will be posted on 16 September 2016.

In addition, there are four agreements and documents that have been finalized and require signatures, or ICANN Board and/or PTI Board approval before they can be considered complete:

  • The Root Zone Maintainer Agreement.
  • The ICANN-PTI Protocol Parameters Subcontracting Agreement.
  • The ICANN-PTI Numbers Subcontracting Agreement.
  • The PTI Conflict of Interest Policy, Board Code of Conduct, and Expected Standards of Behavior.

I encourage anyone who is interested in the details of both the completed and ongoing implementation tasks to read ICANN’s 31-page implementation planning status report. ICANN is confident that everything will be implemented in advance of 30 September 2016 to allow the IANA functions contract to expire. The global multistakeholder community, with the support of ICANN the organization, is ready for the IANA stewardship transition to occur.

Former President, Global Domains Division

Akram Atallah