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AFNIC replies to the US government's Request For Comments on the management of the IANA function

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04/05/2011

AFNIC has replied to the RFC, highlighting:

the critical, technical role of the IANA function for the Internet. As a key player in the French Internet community, the role of AFNIC is to continue to strengthen that function.

the need to introduce additional mechanisms to govern transparency and accountability into the future IANA management contract. To date, even if the quality of service has greatly improved, there is still not enough transparency in the grounds for rejecting applications or the costs involved.

In addition, through this RFC, AFNIC:

has emphasized that the distribution of IANA functions among the various agencies (ICANN, DoC, Verisign, etc.) is not clear.

suggests that the policies and procedures on which the IANA function is based be developed through open, transparent processes taking into account the wide range of stakeholders concerned.

recommends introducing the possibility for ccTLDs to appeal a decision made by the IANA contractor, in the event that the decision does not comply with existing documented policies.

suggests that IANA – in conjunction with the ccTLD community – develops a minimal service level agreement for its root management function.

suggests that the development of a “Framework for Interpretation” for the delegation and re-delegation of ccTLDs promotes greater transparency in the process.

finally, recalls that the implementation of the IANA function must increase the level of security and stability of the root management function.

AFNIC hopes that this advice will be taken into account, which echoes that also expressed by other players in Internet governance, such as the CENTR and the NRO.

About AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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