ComReg has announced that it will appoint IEDR as the
authority authorised to register .ie domain names under the
Communications Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007, amending the
Electronic Commerce Act 2000, which transferred to ComReg powers to
make regulations affecting the management and administration of
Ireland's .ie ccTLD.
The somewhat troubled history of the Irish Internet Domain
Registry ("IEDR") and its management of Ireland's
i.e. Top Level Domain (ccTLD) seems to be heading for smoother
waters following a consultation process conducted by Ireland's
Commission for Communications Regulation ("ComReg") on
the basis of powers and functions recently granted to it.
Up to now, the .ie ccTLD has been delegated by ICANN/IANA to
University College Dublin, while the practical day-to-day
administration of the domain has been dealt with, not without
controversy, by IEDR, an independent not-for-profit body.
ComReg commenced a consultation process in June 2008 canvassing
the views of interested parties in relation to how Comreg should
implement the changes provided for by the Act of 2007. Following
such consultation process ComReg commissioned an independent review
and due diligence analysis on IEDR's activities. On the basis
of the results of that review and analysis, which determined that
IEDR was both financially sound and operated under an acceptable
code of governance, ComReg, in a report of the results of the
consultation process published on 12 January this year, has
announced that it will appoint IEDR as the authority authorised to
register .ie domain names under the Act of 2007.
The following further steps are also planned:
IEDR will establish and maintain a Policy Advisory Committee
("PAC") representative of all stakeholders in the
internet Community, with its chairperson approved by ComReg. This
is in response to views expressed in the consultation process that
more account need to be taken by IEDR of the views of the internet
IEDR will continue to adopt the "managed approach" to
.ie registrations, as opposed to a "first come-first
served" model. ComReg regards the "managed approach"
model as more secure and regards the protection of .ie domain name
holders as more important than creating a market in .ie domain
The Department of Communications, Energy and National Resources
in Ireland ("DCENR") will replace University College
Dublin as the Sponsoring Organisation under ICAAN/IANA rules for
the .ie resource. ComReg, as...