Internet Engineering Task Force G. Michaelson
Internet-Draft APNIC P/L
Obsoletes: 6761 (if approved) February 22, 2016
Intended status: Informational
Expires: August 25, 2016

RFC6761 is now closed


In hindsight, RFC6761 was a mistake. This document formally closes this process.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

RFC 6761 [RFC6761] specified mechanisms for reserving a top level name in the DNS.

This reversed a prior decision documented by RFC 2860 [RFC2860] to close off mechanisms for name assignment in the IETF, the function being recognized as vesting with ICANN.

There is explicit language in RFC2860 which reserved a technical function role in domain names:

In hindsight, re-opening a registry for special cases of technical merit inside IETF process has turned out to be a mistake, and introduces procedural issues which cannot be adequately addressed solely inside a technical process, instead instantiating mechanisms which bypass ICANN process.

The apparent absence of an appropriate technology driven admission process inside ICANN methods to assign top level domain names is regrettable, but the solution does not lie in vesting the IETF with an admissions process. This has invited (and led to) domain squatting, spurious technical arguments, and has destroyed any functional vision of an architecture, replacing it with unrelated competing requests for more and more names. This is simply not appropriate use of the IETF process.

Accordingly, this document formally closes the RFC6761 process. No more requests will be entertained in this process and all existing names are grandfathered in, but will be relinquished gracefully should the technical requirement be demonstrated not to apply any more at scale.

1.1. Requirements Language

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

2. Acknowledgements

This document was written hurredly. But the intent should be clear.

3. IANA Considerations

The IANA is directed to close the Special Use Domain Name registry, and MUST NOT admit any further entries in this registry.

4. Security Considerations

No new security considerations are introduced by this document. All existing security considerations from prior names in the special-use names registry are assumed to continue to exist.

5. References

5.1. Normative References

[RFC2860] Carpenter, B., Baker, F. and M. Roberts, "Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority", RFC 2860, DOI 10.17487/RFC2860, June 2000.
[RFC6761] Cheshire, S. and M. Krochmal, "Special-Use Domain Names", RFC 6761, DOI 10.17487/RFC6761, February 2013.

5.2. Informative References

[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997.

Author's Address

George Michaelson APNIC P/L 6 Cordelia Street Brisbane, Queensland 4101 Australia Phone: +61 3858 3100 EMail: