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[AFRINIC-rpd] only root is critical DNS?

Mark Elkins mje at
Tue Sep 18 20:16:24 UTC 2012

On Tue, 2012-09-18 at 22:30 +0300, Frank Habicht wrote:
> Hello all,
> in
> under critical infrastructure it says
> "
> Core DNS service provider:
>  A core DNS service provider is a company who provides DNS service for the
> root level of the DNS tree (ICANN-sanctioned root operators).
> "
> I once-upon-a-time thought ccTLDs (within the AfriNIC service region(?))
> should also be included. (and that the number of root operators was limited)

Reading the policy - a few paragraphs above - it states:

        AfriNIC will make End-User assignment to critical infrastructure
        providers of the Internet such as public exchange points and
        core DNS service providers. the policy does not limit itself to 'root level' operators - of
which none live natively in our region (if you are referring explicitly
to 'dot').

In practice (from my experience), its taken as including ccTLD
operators. I believe that CO.ZA also technically falls under this
category. For COZA, this will be less grey as UniForum changes into the
ZACR (South African Central Registry).

Might instead be a worthwhile challenge to 'dual-stack' the proposal -
ie - include IPv6 into the mix? This policy came into being before
AfriNIC allowed /48's of IPv6 into the wild (AFPUB-2007-v6-001, 13 Jul.

> could/can we include "or any ccTLD in the AfriNIC service region" or "or
> any TLD with administrative contact in the AfriNIC service region" at the
> end of the last paragraph of this text?
> Is this editorial?
> should I write a proposal?
> Frank
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