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InternetNZ and ICANN in Exchange of Letters

InternetNZ and ICANN in Exchange of Letters
Media Release
31 October, 2007

InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) is pleased to
announce that it has formalised its relationship with ICANN (the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) through the signing
of an exchange of letters.

ICANN is the US-based organisation responsible for managing the global
assignment of domain names and IP addresses.

The exchange of letters means that InternetNZ now officially recognises
ICANN’s role in coordinating the root services of the Internet, and
ICANN officially recognises InternetNZ’s role as the ccTLD (Country Code
Top Level Domain) manager for .nz.

The letters state the intentions of InternetNZ and ICANN to continue
working together to maintain the Domain Name System (DNS) for the .nz
address space for the benefit of the local and global Internet
community. They also set out a range of administrative undertakings.

The signing ceremony took place yesterday at a meeting of the ICANN
board in Los Angeles, California. It was attended by InternetNZ and
ICANN representatives including current ICANN Chair Vint Cerf, ICANN
President Dr Paul Twomey, InternetNZ President Peter Macaulay,
InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson and Domain Name
Commissioner Debbie Monahan.

InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson says the exchange of
letters formalises a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship
InternetNZ has enjoyed with ICANN since its inception in 1998.

Dr Frank March, who is representing the New Zealand Government on the
Government Advisory Committee of ICANN in Los Angeles, has welcomed the
move saying it provides a useful step forward in providing additional
security and stability for the Internet in New Zealand.

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