The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has today published its
Response to Consultation on a new framework for the regulation and management of .ie,
Ireland’s Top Level Domain (TLD), which is part of the Internet’s global Domain Name
Under the Communications Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007, ComReg is responsible
for making regulations to ensure the effective management and administration of .ie in the
best interests of Irish consumers who use this national resource. The .ie domain is
currently managed by IE Domain Registry Ltd. (IEDR).
In June 2008, ComReg consulted on a wide range of issues and simultaneously conducted
a comprehensive independent review and due diligence analysis of IEDR’s activities. The
Response to Consultation now describes the outcome of that process and outlines
ComReg’s conclusions and decisions on a suitable regulatory framework for the .ie
domain. The main points are:
– ComReg will, by way of regulation, appoint IEDR as the authority authorised to
register .ie domain names in accordance with Section 32(4)(a) of the Act of 2007,
– IEDR will set up and maintain a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) representative of
all stakeholders with a focus on more transparent policy development,
– IEDR will continue to adopt the “managed approach” to .ie registrations to ensure
continued protection for .ie domain name holders and consumers,
– ComReg will implement a monitoring framework and will participate in the PAC to
keep abreast of activities in the marketplace,
– Further regulatory measures may be considered in the future, as warranted.
The Response to Consultation (ComReg Document 09/01) and the full Consultation Paper
(ComReg Document 08/48) are now available on www.comreg.ie.
What still has not been disclosed is the external consultants’ report which was presented over a year ago.
I will followup with more in depth analysis of the final document, but due to its nature I need to read it carefully.