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PIR Invites Bids for .Org Back-End Operations

In a post today, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, has announced a Request for Information for the management of its back-end registry services. Afilias which has been the technical provider for PIR since it was established by ISOC following the successful ISOC/Afilias strategic partnership in the bid for .ORG in 2002, says it has been expecting an RFP since the last contract was signed and that it remains committed to its continued work with the organization.

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it may be time for ISC to bid again Paul Vixie  –  Feb 16, 2016 7:36 PM PDT

when we bid on this the first time (when ORG first separated from the netsol/verisign world), ISC was dismissed by ICANN early in the eval process, as lacking experience in DNS operations. apparently operating root servers since the mid 1990's doesn't count, even though in the early years, that included COM/NET/ORG and IN.ADDR.ARPA as well.

I agree - ISC would indeed be Doug Mehus  –  Feb 17, 2016 4:27 PM PDT

I agree - ISC would indeed be a good bidder. You should consider it, Paul, particularly since the launch of all these new gTLDs, there are quite a few new registry operators and back-end service providers to the registry operators since you'd bid on it as well. And yeah, I remember reading something about you guys apparently lacking the technical aptitude to manage the back-end for a gTLD registry and found that funny at the time (and still do) that, apparently, having been one of the original & current operators of at least one (or multiple?) root servers *didn't* count. ;)


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