InternetNZ and ICANN renew relationship

Exchange of letters provides improved 'security and stability' for net in NZ

InternetNZ and ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have formalised their relationship with an exchange of letters in Los Angeles this week.

The exchange 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 the .nz domain.

“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,” says an InternetNZ announcement.” They also set out a range of administrative undertakings.”

Frank March, who is representing the New Zealand government on the Government Advisory Committee of ICANN at the Los Angeles meeting, welcomes 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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