Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 2, No. 3


More ICANN News

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced that seven additional applicant companies have met its registrar accreditation criteria.

As accredited registrars, these seven companies will compete in the market for domain name registration services in the .com, .net, and .org domains. In addition, they will be able to participate the ongoing test-bed program for the Shared Registry System, which allows multiple ICANN accredited registrars to provide domain name registration services in these domains. Under an agreement announced August 6 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI the developer of the Shared Registry System), new registrars that have signed an accreditation agreement with ICANN will be eligible to join the initial five testbed registrars as participants in the testbed operation. The testbed phase is currently scheduled to conclude on September 10, 1999.

The seven new companies join the 57 companies that have already been accredited by ICANN starting in April, 1999. Until the initial introduction of competition in June, registration services in the .com, .net, and .org domains were provided solely by NSI under a 1992 Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Government.

The additional seven companies named are: CommuniTech.Net, Inc. (United States), GANDI (France), iDirections, Inc. (United States), InterNeXt (France), ProBoard Technologies (United States), PSI-USA (United States), and Signature Domains, Inc. (United States). Further information about these companies will be made available on the ICANN Web site:

Under an October 6, 1998 amendment to the Cooperative Agreement between NSI and the U.S. Government, the process of opening the Internet Domain Name System's three largest domains to competition was launched with a testbed phase that began on April 26. Five companies were initially accredited to use the NSI Shared Registry System in a test operation designed to ensure that the introduction of competition occurs in a smooth, coordinated manner.

By qualifying to be accredited as registrars, the seven new registrars join the five original testbed registrars, as well as the 52 other companies that have already qualified for ICANN accreditation. The Shared Registry System testbed program has been expanded to extend to all accredited registrars that sign the standard testbed registrar agreements with NSI and meet technical certification requirements.

ICANN is a non-profit, international corporation formed in September 1998 to oversee a select set of Internet technical management functions currently managed by the U.S. Government, or by its contractors and volunteers. Specifically, ICANN is assuming responsibility for coordinating the management of the Domain Name System (DNS), the allocation of IP address space, the assignment of protocol parameters, and the management of the root server system. For more information, see . Here you will also find information about ICANN's upcoming public meetings.

INET 2000

INET 2000: The Internet Global Summit, is a special INET. Hosted by the Internet Society, the Summit will be held 18-21 July 2000, in Yokohama, Japan. The place, the date, and the fact that it is the 10th anniversary of this important event all mark it as an exceptional year. To be considered as a speaker, panelist, tutorial instructor, or poster presenter, please see for submission instructions and to read about this year's theme, "Global Distributed Knowledge for Everyone." INET is the premier international event for Internet and internetworking professionals. Nowhere can such a broad cross-section of important movers of the Internet be found in one single location. We look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you in Japan!

-Jean Claude Guedon and Jun Murai
Co-Chairs, INET 2000 Program Committee

Y2K and The Internet

As the countdown to the Year 2000 continues, a number of efforts are underway to ensure that the Internet continues to operate normally on January 1, 2000. Here we include some pointers to recent activities. On July 30, 1999, the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, convened a roundtable meeting to examine the readiness of the Internet for the Year 2000 date change, and to coordinate efforts to maintain Internet performance and reliability during the transition to the new millennium. The roundtable brought together roughly 100 prominent organizations and individuals from different parts of the Internet community to discuss the Internet's Y2K readiness. Meeting participants included small and large ISPs, equipment vendors, root name server and domain registries, exchange points, network time servers, industry associations, and government officials.

For small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and in key trading partner countries, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) is providing a strategic management tool to help battle the millennium bug. The Y2K Self-Help Tool/CD-ROM contains a software program that enables users to complete an inventory of assets that may be susceptible to Y2K problems, gauge the criticality of business processes, develop contingency plans and conduct remediation activities.

This CD-ROM contains a 10-minute discussion video, the software program for managing your Y2K process, a self-assessment checklist, contingency planning template, user guide and hotlinks to many helpful Y2K sites. It has been produced in several languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. The software was developed by the DoC's National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To receive just the software, visit and download Conversion 2000: Y2K Jumpstart Kit. To receive the complete CD-ROM with video and hotlinks, you can call 1-800-Y2K-7557 and ask for the Self-Help Tool in any of the languages listed above. If you are an association or organization interested in multiple copies of the CD-ROM for your members and staff, click on order form, print the form, complete the requested information, and fax it to 202-482-0077. Please note that there is a minimal charge for orders over 100 copies for duplication and shipping.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has examined all of the protocol standards and related documents to identify any potential inherent Y2K problems in the Internet Protocol Suite. The resulting report, RFC 2626, "The Internet and the Millennium Problem (Year 2000)" can be found at

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The Internet Protocol Journal
Ole J. Jacobsen , Editor and Publisher

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Vint Cerf, Sr. VP, Internet Architecture and Engineering MCI WorldCom, USA
David Farber
The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Edward R. Kozel, Sr. VP, Corporate Development
Cisco Systems, Inc., USA
Peter Lothberg, Network Architect
Stupi AB, Sweden
Dr. Jun Murai, Professor, WIDE Project
Keio University, Japan
Dr. Deepinder Sidhu, Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director, Maryland Center for Telecommunications Research, USA
Pindar Wong, Chairman and President
VeriFi Limited, Hong Kong

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