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ccNSO Application for Membership

Before completing the application form please read the notes below. If you have any questions, please email ccnsosecretariat@icann.org.
  • To: ccNSO Council
  • Date:
  • Re: Application for membership of the ccNSO


With this letter, I, the Representative, declare that the Applicant is the ccTLD manager (as defined in the ICANN bylaws, (Section 10.4(a)) for the ccTLD name and wishes to apply for membership of the ccNSO and that I am duly authorized to make and sign this application for membership on behalf of the Applicant.

The Applicant hereby recognizes the role of the ccNSO within the ICANN structure, and agrees, for the duration of its membership in the ccNSO to:

  1. adhere to the rules of the ccNSO, including membership rules; and
  2. adhere to ICANN Bylaws as they apply to ccTLDs (Article 10 and Annexes B and C of the ICANN Bylaws).

The Applicant understands that:

  1. membership in the ccNSO is independent of any individual relationship a ccTLD manager has with ICANN or the ccTLD manager's receipt of IANA services. (Section 10.4 (c))and
  2. currently there are no fees payable for ccNSO membership. However, under the ICANN Bylaws (Section 10.7 (c)), the ccNSO could in the future, subject to members approval, establish membership fees.

Signed by the Representative for and on behalf of the Applicant:

Contact Information: [Please read note 3 below and complete the information below]

Primary Contact Information:

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  • Note 1 -- Who is the Applicant?
  • Membership of the ccNSO is open to all ccTLD Managers. As defined in the ICANN bylaws (Section 10.4 (a)) a ccTLD Manager is the organization or entity responsible for managing an ISO 3166 country-code top-level domain, or under any later variant, for that country-code top-level domain.
  • Note 2 -- Who is the Representative?
  • Where the ccTLD Manager is listed in the IANA database as an individual person, then that person is the Representative. Where the ccTLD Manager is listed in the IANA database as an organisation, then the Representative is the individual person who is completing the application form for the organisation and is authorised to do so by the organisation.
  • Note 3 -- Who is the Primary Contact?
  • The Primary Contact (to be listed under 'Contact Information' at the end of this application form) is the main contact for the member and should be either the Administrative Contact or Technical Contact listed in the IANA database for the ccTLD.

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Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."