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RIPE NCC Joins Other Root Server Operators in Statement to ICANN

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7 May 2009 - The RIPE NCC, which operates, one of the 13 root name servers deployed globally to manage traffic between computers connected to the Internet, has joined Autonomica, operator of I-root, and WIDE Project, operator of M-root, in issuing a joint statement to ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The purpose of this statement, made in letters sent by each of the three organisations to Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN, is to publicly document the continued commitment of the RIPE NCC, Autonomica and WIDE Project to coordinate their respective DNS root name service operations.

The letter from the RIPE NCC to ICANN reads:

6 May 2009

Dear Dr. Twomey,

As you are aware, the RIPE NCC has provided DNS root name service for the Internet at the service address reliably for more than a decade. We provide this service at our members' expense for the benefit of the Internet as a whole. The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit membership association under Dutch law. The organisation is governed by its general assembly and Executive Board and guided by our public policy development process.

This letter is addressed to ICANN as the operator of the IANA function. The purpose of this letter is to publicly document our continued commitment to coordinate our DNS root name service operations. It is not intended to announce any change in the current operational or governance arrangements.

ICANN and the RIPE NCC acknowledge that a single, unique DNS root is paramount to the stable operations of the Internet and to ensure global reachability, and both parties fully share the views expressed by the Internet Architecture Board in RFC 2826.

As part of ICANN's responsibilities and through its IANA functions, ICANN establishes global consensus about the content of the root zone, compiles and maintains it, and makes it available to the RIPE NCC and other DNS root name server operators, all in accordance with its governance processes. Through, the RIPE NCC publishes the DNS root zone to Internet users in a non-discriminatory fashion, following the relevant technical standards and best practices, and in accordance with its governance processes.

To ensure the stable and reliable availability of the DNS root zone content to Internet users, ICANN and the RIPE NCC are committed to coordinating their respective activities regarding the DNS root name service with each other and with third parties. Coordination includes exchanging and maintaining the necessary operational and administrative contact information, notifying each other without undue delay of any (pending) operational changes or any (pending) changes in their respective

ICANN and the RIPE NCC are committed to providing the respective resources necessary to carry out their own respective activities mentioned above.

Yours sincerely

Axel Pawlik
Managing Director

11 June 2009

Dr. Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN replied.