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Proposed Global Policy for Allocation of IPv6 Address Space - Final Call for Comments and Background Report


On 13 July 2006, the Secretary of the Address Supporting Organization Address Council forwarded to ICANN a proposed global policy for allocation of IPv6 address space.

This proposed global policy had been submitted to the ASO AC by the Executive Council of the Number Resource Organization on 6 June 2006, and adopted by the ASO AC on 12 July 2006.

The development of Global Internet Number Resource Policies is the subject of an MoU between ASO/NRO and ICANN. There are also specific ICANN Board Procedures, adopted by the Board on 15 July 2005 at the ICANN meeting in Luxemburg, for handling global policy proposals in this context.

The development of the IPv6 policy has been in development in the Regional Internet Registries for several years, as described in a series of "early awareness" reports posted on the ICANN website, see e.g. <>.

The table below describes the policy development process within each RIR for the Global Policy for IPv6. Hyperlinks are included for easy access. As of 16 May 2006, all RIRs had formally adopted the proposal.

Topic Introduced 1 Aug 2005 1 Sept 2004
(orig. 22 July 2003)
20 Sept 2004 2 Sept 2004 4 August 2004
Discussion list Policy WG Mailing List (subscription) SIG-Policy Public Policy
Mailing List
Politicas – LACNIC Policy Mailing List Address Policy WG
Public Forum AfriNIC 3, 12-14 December 2005 - Agenda - Slides (Second version) APNIC 18, 31 Aug –
3 Sept 2004
- Slides (First version) APNIC 20 6 – 9 Sept. 2005 - Slides (Second version)
ARIN XIV 19-22 Oct 2004 - Slides (First version) ARIN XV 17-21 April 2005 - Slides (Second version) LACNIC VII 26-28 Oct 2004 - Slides (First version) LACNIC VIII 27-30 June 2005 - Slides (Second version) RIPE 49 20-24 Sept 2004 - Slides (First version) RIPE 50 1-6 May 2005 - Slides (Second version) RIPE 51 10-14 Oct 2005 -Agenda and slides (Second version)
Final Call for Comments 9 – 24 Feb 2006 17 Sept – 12 Nov 2004 (first version) 21 Sept – 16 Nov 2005 (second version) 16 May – 1 June 2005 10 Aug – 24 Sept 2005 28 Feb – 27 March 2006
RIR Board Endorsement Adopted by the Board on 15 May 2006 Endorsed by
Executive Committee
19 Nov 2004
(first version) 25 Nov 2005 (second version)
Board of Trustees
16 June 2005
LACNIC Board ratification on 17 October 2005. Final adoption by consensus on
19 April 2006.
Link to document AfriNIC proposed policy Proposal-005-v005 Policy proposal 2004-8 - In English - In Spanish - In Portuguese Policy document
RIPE 376
Link to Policy Development Process Policy Development Process Policy Development Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process Policy Development Process Policy Development Process
Status "Second version" adopted. "Second version" adopted. "Second version" adopted. "Second version" adopted. "Second version" adopted.

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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"""" is not an IDN."