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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes 26 September 2013

IC attendees: Bill Graham, Mike Silber, Jonne Soininen, Suzanne Woolf, and Kuo-Wei Wu (Chair)

Staff Attendees: Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Michelle Cotton, Kim Davies, Elise Gerich, Elizabeth Le, Amy Stathos, and Leo Vegoda

  1. Update on Contract Deliverables – Staff provided an update on the twelve key top-level deliverables required under IANA Functions Contract. The deliverables are on target, most of which are due on 1 October 2013.
  2. ccTLD Redelegation Process – The Committee discussed whether changes to the documentation process for ccTLD redelegation requests are needed. The IC noted that Redelegation requests are required to follow an IANA checklist process, including the submission of specific documentation. One criterion for redelegation is the submission of a technical transition plan to maintain the stability of the ccTLD during transition. The IC noted that, in recent years, some redelegation requests have been mere formalities with de facto redelegation to a new operator having already taken place months prior to the formal submission of the redelegation request itself. In these cases, the operation of the ccTLD was already proven stable under new operator and so a transition plan was no longer applicable or submitted. The Committee noted that the failure of ccTLD managers to follow a redelegation request process may likely be due to a lack of awareness. The IC suggested that the Board consult with the ccNSO, as appropriate, on how to handle circumstances where no transition plan has been submitted in cases where transition essentially was completed before redelegation was requested.. The IC further suggested that the Board seek the advice of the ccNSO and GAC on best approaches for community outreach to inform ccTLD managers about the redelegation request process, including when redelegation should be requested. The focus is to make this process as easy as possible for ccTLDs while keeping the records current and complete in accordance with established process.
    • Action – Staff to prepare a recommendation for submission to the Board for consideration.