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Frosty relations between Icann and Nominet begin to thaw

Internet regulatory body Icann has confirmed an exchange of letters with Nominet, the registry responsible for .uk internet domains.

The exchange marks a truce after a long-running row, dating from 2001, when Nominet and other operators of domain names for individual countries pulled out of Icann sub-group, the Domain Name Supporting Organisation (DNSO), demanding a level of influence within Icann to match their contributions to its budget.

Following the exchange of letters, Nominet will now join Icann's country code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO), giving it representation in the global internet forum. It will be the largest registry to join the ccNSO.

The deal falls short of formalising a relationship through Icann’s Accountability Framework, which lays down the respective obligations of a country-code top-level domain manager and Icann.

Icann chief executive Paul Twomey said, “We are pleased that this exchange of letters has taken place, reinforcing the continuing momentum of Icann and its ever strengthening relationships with internet registries.”

Lesley Cowley, Nominet's chief executive, said, “We have been encouraged by the steps that Icann has taken recently to improve its models of engagement with the internet community. While there is still work to do, we are confident that it is moving in the right direction and we are keen to provide support.”


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