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ICANN Resolutions » Extension of .AN (Netherlands Antilles) ccTLD removal date

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Extension of .AN (Netherlands Antilles) ccTLD removal date

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the .AN top-level domain is being decommissioned after its ISO 3166-1 country code was superseded by the new codes.

Whereas, on 11 October 2011 the Board resolved that the .AN domain should be retired by 31 October 2014.

Whereas, the .AN domain operator and the Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs have sought a nine month extension of the deadline in order to provide additional opportunity for the remaining registrants to conclude their transition away from the .AN domain.

Resolved (2014.10.16.06), the deadline for the .AN domain removal from the DNS Root Zone is extended to 31 July 2015.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Rationale for Resolution 2014.10.16.06
Why the Board is addressing the issue?

The .AN top-level domain is due to be retired from the DNS Root Zone by 31 October 2014. The .AN operator and the Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs have asked for an extension of the removal date.

What is the proposal being considered?

The request is to extend the retirement date of the .AN top level domain to 31 July 2015.

What concerns or issues were raised by the community?

The .AN operator expressed that while the majority of domain registrants have migrated to the new domains, there remains a minority of about 30 registrants that need more time to complete their transition. The operator is concerned that the current deadline is not achievable for the remaining registrants.

Are there positive or negative community impacts?

Approval of the requested extension allows ICANN staff to work with the current operator to conclude the retirement of .AN domain. It demonstrates the IANA Functions Department's diligence in fulfilling its obligations while working with the community to consider their needs where appropriate.

Are there fiscal 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 .AN retirement date extension 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?

Granting the requested extension date helps maintain the security and stability of the .AN domain name while ICANN works with the operator to remove the domain name from the DNS Root Zone.

This is an Organizational Administrative function for which no public comment is required.