[NA-Discuss] DRAFT statement on .pr

Beau Brendler beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 14 20:04:09 UTC 2011

   got it. Will make the change on the final.
   As for the root zone question, I do not know. Perhaps Garth B. might. If not
   we could ask Lutz in EURALO.

     -----Original Message-----
     From: Eduardo Diaz
     Sent: Oct 14, 2011 3:56 PM
     To: Beau Brendler
     Cc: na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org, staff at atlarge.icann.org
     Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] DRAFT statement on .pr

   Great revision!. Just a one change - see below.

   By the way, do anybody knows how to get all zone file changes to an specific
   ccTLD since its inception?


   On    Fri,    Oct    14,    2011    at    1:10   PM,   Beau   Brendler
   <[1]beaubrendler at earthlink.net> wrote:

     Hello, all.
     Here is the statement on the .pr controversy prepared by Eduardo with
     comments by Garth and final revisions by me. Please read and give feedback
     promptly. I'd also like Eduardo to look over it carefully to make sure
     there are no editing errors introduced.
     The North American At-Large Regional Organization wants to bring the ICANN
     communityâs attention to a serious concern regarding management of Puerto
     Ricoâs country code top-level domain, .pr, following a June 2011 lawsuit
     filed by The University of Puerto Rico against the domainâs manager
     alleging misappropriation of public funds and inappropriate ownership
     claim of the domain, among other allegations.
     In 1988, the U.S. National Science Foundation established a program to
     expand use of the Internet outside the United States by establishing a
     domain registration that would allow each country connected to the network
     to offer access the Internet through that domain.
     Within that program, the University of Puerto Rico, through its Gauss
     Research Laboratory in the Natural Sciences department, requested the
     domain ".pr" (institutional research number 8818283, "Support for the
     Participation of the University of Puerto Rico in the NSFNetâ). This
     proposal was approved in 1989 and administration of the .pr domain was
     designated to the âGauss Research Laboratoryâ with the university as
     In 2006, the .pr ccTLDâs manager contacted the Internet Assigned Numbers
     Authority to request a name change in the sponsoring organization, from
     the  University of Puerto Rico to a corporation with the same name,
     including the abbreviations âINC. i.e. Gauss Research Laboratory, Inc.â As
     a result of this change, Gauss Research Laboratory Inc. was permitted to
     remove the .pr ccTLD operations outside the university campus, as well

   proceeded (or a similar verb) to remove the .pr...

     as redirect any funds generated by domain purchases.
     Results of IANA Decision
     It is apparent IANA, in its decision, considered the  request for a name
     change in the sponsoring organization to be an administrative task, not a
     re-delegation of the ccTLD. However, according to the lawsuit, the ccTLD
     manager took action as if a full re-delegation had been made, allowing him
     to move the operation outside the university. Critically, in 2007, Gauss
     Research  Laboratory,  Inc. filed a change in corporate status from
     non-profit to for-profit with the Department of State of the Commonwealth
     of Puerto Rico.
     Therefore, IANAâs decision effectively resulted in the hijacking of a
     public resource from a non-profit educational institution to a for-profit
     The NARALO is concerned the apparent âre-delegationâ of the .pr domain
     represents a potential abuse of public trust and misappropriation of
     Internet resources.
     In addition, while the controversy over Puerto Rico's country-code domain
     may seem unusual, findings presented in the final report of the ccNSO
     Delegation and Redelegation Working Group
     clearly indicate it is not.
     NARALO applauds and supports the ccNSO working groupâs desire, stated in
     that  report,  to  âcreate an environment for making consistent and
     predictable  decisions  regarding the delegation, re-delegation and
     retirement of ccTLDs while enhancing accountability and transparency.â
     Therefore, at the 2011 ICANN meeting in Dakar, NARALO will present the
     facts and allegations in this case, as well as examples of similar cases,
     in hopes of prompting a multi-stakeholder discussion and approach to
     create such an environment worldwide.
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