public comments: ccPDP3 Initial Proposals for Process to Retire ccTLDs

Date: 
06 May 2020

The ccNSO Policy Development Process 3 (ccPDP3) working group, tasked with developing and proposing policy for the retirement of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs), is seeking input and feed-back from the broader community on its proposed process to retire ccTLDs, when the country code is removed from list of country codes in the ISO 3166 standard.

Current Status

The Interim Paper is the first step in documenting the recommended policy for the retirement process of ccTLDs.

Description

The working group tasked with developing and proposing policy for the retirement of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) is seeking input and feedback from the broader community on its proposed process to retire ccTLDs, when the country code is removed from list of country codes in the ISO 3166 standard. The purpose of the policy proposals is to provide clear and predictable guidance and to document a process that is orderly and reasonable up and to, but excluding, the removal of a ccTLD from the DNS Root Zone file.

The ISO 3166-1 list is dynamic and country codes are added and removed on a regular basis. When a new ISO 3166-1 Alpha-2 code element (Alpha-2 code) is added a ccTLD corresponding to that Alpha-2 code can be added to the Root by the IANA Naming Functions Operator (IFO). However, as was identified in 2011 by the ccNSO Delegation and Redelegation Working Group, there is no formal policy available forthe removal of a ccTLD from the Root Zone after a country code is removed fromthe ISO 3166-1 list of country names.

The proposals are focused on the following items:

  • Definition of event that causes the start of the retirement process of a ccTLD and the event that closes the process
  • Description of the retirement process
  • Duration of the process
  • Retirement Plan
  • Oversight of process and identification of decisions during process that should be subject to a review mechanism.

The working group would appreciate feedback on each and every item identified above, specifically:

  • Do you consider the proposed approach, definition or description reasonable?
  • Do you suggest an alternative definition or approach?

In addition, and as part of developing the process, the working group has completed a series of stress tests. The method, description of tests and results are included in the Interim Paper. The working group would appreciate your view whether the stress testing of the proposals is adequate and complete. The working group would also be interested in suggestions for additional stress tests.

Next Steps

After closure of the Public Comment period, the working group will review the comments received and take into account in developing a final set of policy recommendations.

Close Date

10 July 2020, 23:59 UTC

Read more

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccnso-pdp3-retire-cctlds-2020-05-05-en