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RIPE TLD-WG Workplan

Please note that the TLD Working Group has been replaced by the DNR Forum

The TLD-WG workplan is an organic document that will be formally reviewed at each WG meeting. The workplan is listed under various sections followed by specific activities to be undertaken within each section.

This edition of the workplan includes revisions agreed on 29 January 1998 at RIPE 29 in Amsterdam.

IANA and Stability of the DNS Root

Priority: Highest
Open Actions: None

The independence and stability of IANA is vital for the functioning of the DNS. In order to help preserve this the following tasks need to be done:

  • Help support the following aims of IANA:
    • protection from litigation
    • recognition by official governmental bodies
    • bottom-up authority to IANA
  • Discuss and find a way for nTLDs to directly or indirectly fund IANA.
  • Formalise relationships with IANA within a bottom-up framework.

TLD Coordination Project Activity

Priority: High
Open Actions: TLD-29.1

Discuss and decide upon the structure of the TLD coordination project. This project will be used to carry out actions decided upon by the WG. The following need to be discussed:

  • Location of project
  • Size of project
  • Scope of project
  • Funding of project

Documentation and alignment of practices

Priority: High
Open Actions: None
  • Collect and publish information on status and current practice of nTLD registries, with particular reference to:
    • publication of policy,
    • national consultative framework,
    • registration procedures,
    • comparative charging,
    • search/retrieval facilities on nTLD databases,
    • availability of English-language versions of documentation,
    • domain name statistics,
    • national character sets.
  • Develop recommendations for best practice and alignment of practices.
  • Publish and promote any recommendations made.


Priority: High
Open Actions: None
  • Discuss development of gTLDs and how it affects nTLDs
  • Decide upon desired relationship with gTLDs, CORE, POC, PAB etc.
  • Discuss the role of NSI in domain names and its relationship to nTLDs. Make and document recommendations.

Cooperation With Governments

Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Make contact with governmental and intergovernmental organisations in order to promote WG ideas to them.
  • Document and publish current state of the cooperation as it evolves.


Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Investigate and report on whether each TLD subscribes to RIPE-152.
  • Carry out benchmarking of charging for participant TLDs and answer the following questions. What differences are there and why? Look at the quality of service versus charging. What is quality?


Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Discuss the introduction of competition to nTLDs.

DNS Infrastructure Resources

Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Document recommended practice for DNS infrastructure. This is to ensure functioning on a non-discriminatory basis and an avoidance of bottlenecks.


Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Study suitable arbitration procedures and if applicable suitable legal jurisdictions for this.
  • Take account of different legal traditions: Napoleonic vs Common Law.

Emerging Registries

Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Detail and provide initial support for emerging registries within the RIPE area.
Priority: Not prioritized
Open Actions: None
  • Study trademark and intellectual property issues
  • Monitor and report and legal occurrences/changes relevant to nTLDs.