[dns-operations] Upcoming Registry Service Provider Evaluation Program

Andy Newton andy.newton at icann.org
Wed Feb 21 19:22:21 UTC 2024

ICANN will soon be launching its next round of gTLD applications. As part of the program to launch new gTLDs, ICANN will be evaluating and publishing a list of Registry Service Providers (RSPs). These organizations fulfill the critical, technical services necessary to implement and operate a gTLD. RSPs evaluated through ICANN’s program will be eligible to offer these services to one or more gTLDs.

The RSP Evaluation program will support evaluating DNS and DNSSEC RSPs (typically known as DNS providers) allowing gTLDs to select them. 

All organizations are eligible to become an RSP, regardless of past experience with gTLD services. ICANN plans to publish RSP application materials for public comments early March, and final versions in May. The RSP application process is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2024.

If you are interested in becoming an RSP (for DNS, DNSSEC, or any other critical registry function), please consider participating in the conversations taking place within the ICANN process.

The details of the RSP evaluation program are currently under discussion within the Subsequent Procedures Implementation Review Team (IRT) (https://community.icann.org/x/pQM5Dg). To participate in the IRT, complete his form: https://forms.gle/GF1VoywZ2FGKbzNQA. Additionally, ICANN plans to publish the RSP application materials for public comment (https://www.icann.org/en/public-comment) in March 2024.

Andy Newton
Principal Engineer
GDS Technical Services, ICANN

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