ICANN Resolutions » Transfer of the .LS (Lesotho) top-level domain to Lesotho Network Information Centre Proprietary (LSNIC)
Resolved (2018.06.23.03), as part of the exercise of its responsibilities under the IANA Naming Function Contract with ICANN, PTI has reviewed and evaluated the request to transfer the .LS country-code top-level domain to Lesotho Network Information Centre Proprietary (LSNIC). The documentation demonstrates that the proper procedures were followed in evaluating the request.
Why the Board is addressing the issue now?
In accordance with the IANA Naming Function Contract, PTI has evaluated a request for ccTLD transfer and is presenting its report to the Board for review. This review by the Board is intended to ensure that the proper procedures were followed.
What is the proposal being considered?
The proposal is to approve a request to transfer the country-code top-level domain .LS and assign the role of manager to Lesotho Network Information Centre Proprietary (LSNIC).
Which stakeholders or others were consulted?
In the course of evaluating this transfer application, PTI consulted with the applicant and other significantly interested parties. As part of the application process, the applicant needs to describe consultations that were performed within the country concerning the ccTLD, and their applicability to their local Internet community.
What concerns or issues were raised by the community?
PTI is not aware of any significant issues or concerns raised by the community in relation to this request.
What significant materials did the Board review?
The Board reviewed the following evaluations:
The domain is eligible for transfer, as the string under consideration represents Lesotho in the ISO 3166-1 standard;
The relevant government has been consulted and does not object;
The proposed manager and its contacts agree to their responsibilities for managing this domain;
The proposal has demonstrated appropriate significantly interested parties' consultation and support;
The proposal does not contravene any known laws or regulations;
The proposal ensures the domain is managed locally in the country, and are bound under local law;
The proposed manager has confirmed they will manage the domain in a fair and equitable manner;
The proposed manager has demonstrated appropriate operational and technical skills and plans to operate the domain;
The proposed technical configuration meets the technical conformance requirements;
No specific risks or concerns relating to Internet stability have been identified; and
Staff have provided a recommendation that this request be implemented based on the factors considered.
These evaluations are responsive to the appropriate criteria and policy frameworks, such as "Domain Name System Structure and Delegation" (RFC 1591) and "GAC Principles and Guidelines for the Delegation and Administration of Country Code Top Level Domains".
As part of the process, Delegation and Transfer reports are posted at http://www.iana.org/reports.
What factors the Board found to be significant?
The Board did not identify any specific factors of concern with this request.
Are there positive or negative community impacts?
The timely approval of country-code domain name managers that meet the various public interest criteria is positive toward ICANN's overall mission, the local communities to which country-code top-level domains are designated to serve, and responsive to obligations under the IANA Naming Function Contract.
Are there financial impacts or ramifications on ICANN (strategic plan, operating plan, budget); the community; and/or the public?
The administration of country-code delegations in the DNS root zone is part of the IANA functions, and the delegation action should not cause any significant variance on pre-planned expenditure. It is not the role of ICANN to assess the financial impact of the internal operations of country-code top-level domains within a country.
Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?
ICANN does not believe this request poses any notable risks to security, stability or resiliency.
This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.
Consistency with ICANN's Mission and Serving the Global Public Interest
This action is consistent with ICANN's mission and serves the global public interest by supporting the effectiveness and ongoing improvement of the accountability of all parts of ICANN.