Second IANA Report on Request for Redelegation
of the .au Top-Level Domain
on Request of the .au Domain Administration (auDA) for Redelegation
of .au Top-Level Domain
The Internet Assigned
Numbers Authority (the IANA), as part of the administrative functions
associated with management of the domain-name system root, is responsible
for receiving requests for delegation and redelegation of top-level domains,
investigating the circumstances pertinent to those requests, and reporting
on the requests.
On 31 August 2001, the IANA
issued a report on a Request
of the .au Domain Administration (auDA) for the Redelegation of .au Top
-Level Domain. In this report, the IANA concluded that
The structure proposed by
auDA and endorsed by the Australian Government is to have auDA undertake
management of the .au ccTLD under appropriate oversight of the Australian
Government (concerning national public-policy interests) and ICANN (concerning
global technical-coordination interests). This structure is consonant
with the principle of private-sector responsibility for technical coordination
under which the Internet has flourished. In reviewing the request and
in light of the Australian Government's endorsement of auDA as the appropriate
private-sector manager, the IANA concludes that, provided auDA's commitment
to these responsibilities is effectively ensured, auDA is the appropriate
delegee of the .au ccTLD.
One mechanism to reflect
these commitments is the arrangement embodied in the GAC Principles.
Where, as here, the relevant government is prepared to carry out the
ultimate responsibility for overseeing the ccTLD manager's service to
the local Internet community and the manager is prepared to conduct
itself within that framework, the interests of the local and global
Internet communities are served by ICANN joining into that cooperative
Two of the three parts of
that arrangement-the auDA/Government and Government/ICANN communications-have
already been implemented. Upon conclusion of a mutually satisfactory
agreement between ICANN and auDA reflecting the principles set forth
in clause 10 of the GAC principles, adjusted as necessary to suit local
circumstances, the .au ccTLD should be redelgated to auDA. Once such
an agreement is entered, the U.S. Department of Commerce should establish
revised procedures for maintenance of the .au entry in the root zone
file that enable ICANN to perform its obligations under that agreement,
and that permit moving forward responsibly with the transition to private-sector
technical management of the Internet.
On 4 September 2001, ICANN
the proposed Sponsorship Agreement with auDA for public comment. On
10 September, following its public forum, the ICANN Board authorized the
ICANN President to enter on behalf of ICANN the ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement
for .au with auDA as posted on the ICANN website, along with any minor
corrections or adjustments as appropriate.1
The Board also authorized, upon signature of the agreement, the President
to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.2
On 25 October 2001, the auDA-ICANN
agreement was signed.
With the achievement of this
agreement, the necessary framework of accountability has been achieved,
consistent with clause
10 of the GAC Principles concerning accountability of ICANN and ccTLD
trustees. Accordingly, the IANA concludes that the redelegation request
should now go forward.
01.87 (10 September 2001).
01.88 (10 September 2001).
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