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Verisign’s New Letter To NTIA On New gTLD’s: Its Important to Differentiate Between “Ability” and “Advisability.”

Posted on the 08 August 2013 by Worldwide @thedomains

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In a letter send by Verisign today to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce; Verisign made it clear it is ready, willing and able to delegate up to 20 new gTLD’s to the root upon request of the NTIA but it also  made clear that it doesn’t advise it saying:

“The introduction of delegations of new gTLDs into the root zone, it is important to differentiate between “ability” and “advisability.”

The letter signed by Pat Kane as Senior Vice President of Naming Services and Danny McPherson Vice President and Chief Security Officer VeriSign:

“While we have the ability today to add the mutually agreed upon 100 TLDs to the root zone per week, we and others believe that it is prudent to take a more cautious approach to adding records to the root zone at least until appropriate safeguards, particularly those recommended by the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), are in place. ”

“Further, as you are aware, Verisign has a duty specified in the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the Department of Commerce to serve the public interest in the continued security and stability of the Internet domain name system (DNS).”

“On the question of advisability, it is important to make clear that Verisign is not the first and is not alone in expressing concerns over security issues raised by the introduction of new gTLDs. The National Research Council, in a 2005 report “Signposts in Cyberspace,” warned that introducing new TLDs into the root at a rate exceeding “tens of TLDs per year” would risk instability.

ICANN’s own SSAC, as well as expressly commissioned study teams of experts, issued several advisories, dating back to 2009, advising ICANN to take steps prior to introducing new gTLDs.:

“The lack of implementation of these recommendations was documented in SAC059, issued April 18, 2013, which included clear language on the lack of progress and possible, this can only be achieved with a deliberate and measured deployment.”

“Additionally, both the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)5 and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) have written to ICANN’s board of directors advising them to heed SSAC advice on dotless domains and name collisions, and to make SSAC analysis pUblic.

We believe we are providing precisely the value that both ICANN and the Department of Commerce sought in their agreements with us – security and stability advice from the most experienced operator of the largest and historically the most reliable registry, thus leveraging a broad base of institutional knowledge and subject matter expertise.…


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